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Plans for garage grooming salon refused by Sunderland City Council

Plans for a grooming business operating from a garage in Herrington, Sunderland, area have been refused over traffic and noise fears.

The plans sought permission to change the use of a garage to a salon with a new window and associated access.

The business was expected to open between 9.30am and 4.30pm on most weekdays, with up to 10 appointments per day, generating up to 20 visits to the property per day.

Sunderland City Council’s main reasons for refusal included road safety concerns due to the “attraction of vehicles to and from the site and without adequate off-street parking facilities”.

The planning officers also noted that “associated comings and goings and vehicular movements in the street, loading and unloading the dogs, up to around 20 journeys per day, plus noise from the dogs barking at any time”, would have caused an “unacceptable level of disturbance to nearby residents within an otherwise quiet street”.

The applicant has the right to lodge an appeal with the Secretary of State.

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