Puppy farm’s bid for ken­nels

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - News -

Ken­nels at the site of a for­merly il­le­gal puppy farm are ex­pected to be awarded plan­ning per­mis­sion next week.

Michelle Wood wants to re­tain five mod­u­lar build­ings for use as ken­nels on land at East Mains of Ard­lo­gie, near Fyvie.

But de­spite an out­stand­ing ob­jec­tion by Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil’s waste dis­posal ser­vice, which has con­cerns about the site’s lack of refuse stor­age and re­cy­cling, au­thor­ity plan­ners are rec­om­mend­ing the scheme is ap­proved.

In his re­port, the coun­cil’s di­rec­tor of in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices Stephen Archer said: “It is con­sid­ered that the coun­try­side is a good lo­ca­tion for ken­nels, the cab­ins are rea­son­ably typ­i­cal of what can be seen in farm yards.

“Apart from an ap­par­ent lack of waste or re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties, no is­sues

“One let­ter of ob­jec­tion was lodged against the pro­posal”

have been raised by the con­sul­tees – which sug­gest that there is no nui­sance oc­cur­ring as a re­sult of the de­vel­op­ment.”

One let­ter of ob­jec­tion was lodged against the pro­posal.

In it, a mem­ber of the pub­lic said: “This is go­ing to be a busi­ness with a lot of waste drainage – doesn’t seem to be ad­e­quately planned.

“I strongly ob­ject against the re­ten­tion of all five [of ] the mod­u­lar build­ings to be used as ken­nels.”

The Scot­tish SPCA and other an­i­mal wel­fare groups had pre­vi­ously raised fears when a bid was made to se­cure a breed­ing li­cence for the re­mote site.

It was sub­mit­ted by a woman, three of whose fam­ily mem­bers were pros­e­cuted for keeping dogs in ap­palling con­di­tions there in 2014.

Coun­cil­lors will the plan­ning on Tues­day. dis­cuss pro­posal

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