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Bunwell greyhound kennels plan rejected

PUBLISHED: 18:05 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:07 12 July 2010

Plans to set up a registered racing greyhound kennels at Bunwell have been rejected by the district council.

Applicant Roy Smith wanted to use existing stables and paddocks at Horsehoe Cottage in Brick Kiln Lane, for the business.

Plans to set up a registered racing greyhound kennels at Bunwell have been rejected by the district council.

Applicant Roy Smith wanted to use existing stables and paddocks at Horsehoe Cottage in Brick Kiln Lane, for the business.

He and his partner own and race a number of greyhounds themselves, and intended breeding litters of pups from their two brood bitches.

They planned to employ a trainer and part-time assistant to train and care for their dogs and other racing greyhounds belonging to independent owners.

However, the scheme sparked opposition from local residents who were concerned about potential noise disturbance in “an extremely quite” area. It was claimed there could be up to 80 dogs at the site.

South Norfolk Council received 22 letters of objection. Its environmental service department and Bunwell Parish Council also opposed the development.

The north and west area planning committee refused the application, on Monday, because of the level of disturbance likely from activities association with the business, the lack of precise information to assess the suitability of the stables site for kennelling, and because it was contrary to local plan policy.

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