Bruce’s plans to establish a doggy daycare centre in Lymm, Warrington, have been rejected over concerns about noise and green belt impact.
The company’s application sought a change of use at Wet Gate Farm, on Wet Gate Lane, which is part of a working farm.
The plans state that an existing barn would have been repurposed, and soughy permission for the creation of parking and erection of fencing.
The centre would have been able to take 70 dogs when operating at full capacity between 7.30am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, no dogs would have stayed overnight on the site.
The plans said around 80% of the dogs would have arrived and departed by ‘doggy bus’ after being collected from their owners’ houses.
In rejecting the plans, the council said: “The proposal would constitute inappropriate development in the green belt as a result of failing to preserve openness, encroachment into the countryside of the vehicle parking area and associated movements, and the extent of fencing to be erected at the application site.”
It added: “The nature of the proposed scheme through the presence of a number of dogs on site at any one time has a high potential to cause noise-related nuisance to nearby residential properties.
“The impact of noise from the proposal cannot be accurately assessed due to the lack of submitted information and therefore the level of harm cannot be identified.”