Ken­nels go ahead de­spite fears

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Two More Farms Left Counting The Cost Of Blazes - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

A new ken­nel busi­ness hous­ing up to 14 dogs will be set up in Mo­lash, de­spite con­cerns from neigh­bours.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion has been granted to Maria Rans­ley, and her son-in-law, to open the ken- nel and cat­tery at her home in Knock­wood Lane.

It will in­clude two de­tached sin­gle-storey build­ings, each com­pris­ing seven dog ken­nels, a groom­ing area, kitchen, a de­tached cat­tery with eight pens, and ad­di­tional park­ing, plus an of­fice and iso­la­tion pen.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee last Wed­nes­day. One op­pos­ing neigh­bour who spoke at the meet­ing said: “We all live within 400me­tres of the prop- erty. We can al­ready hear Ms Rans­ley’s two dogs, so can only as­sume 14 more will be even nois­ier.”

A con­di­tion of the ap­proval was that sound­proof­ing ma­te­rial must be added to the pens and a two-me­tre high earth mound cre­ated to re­duce noise lev­els.

Orig­i­nally the scheme sought per­mis­sion for one build­ing com­pris­ing 20 dog ken­nels, but was amended fol­low­ing of­fi­cer’s con­cerns and six letters of ob­jec­tion from neigh­bours. Con­cerns in­cluded noise and traf­fic.

Cllr David Robey (Con), ward mem­ber for Chal­lock, said: “I think the ap­pli­cants have tried to take on the ob­jec­tions in a re­spon­si­ble way.

“At the end of the day we try and en­cour­age ru­ral busi­nesses, and this is one.”

Fifty years af­ter leav­ing Ash­ford Girls Gram­mar School, for­mer class­mates met for a re­union lunch

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