West Sussex Gazette
Objections to dog facility on agricultural land
More than 130 people have officially opposed plans for a dog care site in West Sussex.
A change of use application was submitted, requesting permission to turn some of the agricultural land at Bethwines Farm, in Blackboy Lane, Fishbourne, into a dog care facility.
The developers said the facility will have capacity for up to 50 dogs and aims to provide space in which owners can have their pet looked after and cared for.
The proposals will include the siting of three temporary buildings, which will provide a reception area, an ancillary shop, staff area, and separate respite space for dogs.
A planning document read: “Life can be very busy and complicated at times so providing dog owners with a safe, happy environment for their dog is vital.”
Among the concerns in the letters of objection were an increase in traffic, noise and pollution.
Fears were raised that people would be endangered by the increased number of vehicles in the area. It was argued that the site would have a ‘detrimental effect’ on neighbouring properties, with no space allocated on site for vehicles.
One of the objection letters was submitted by the owner of the land, Annie Stephens, who stated that she had not been informed by the applicant of the plans.
Adrian Moss, district councillor for Harbour Villages ward, said: “The village is obviously not happy.
“If you have 50 dogs, that could mean 100 car movements a day.”
Mr Moss said it would cause ‘major disruption’ to the community, adding: “There is no need for a dog day care centre here at all.”
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