PLANS for a new dog training centre in the Bradford area have drawn criticism from nearby neighbours.
The application has been submitted at a property in West View, Scholes, and would see wire mesh fencing installed in the garden to allow the training of pooches.
The 1.5 metre high fences would be made of wooden stakes with metal wire mesh to ensure no crafty canines can escape during their training sessions.
In the application to Kirklees Council, the applicants say the training area would be 670 sq metres. If approved, dog training would operate between 10am and 5pm Monday to Saturday, for a maximum of 20 hours a week.
The application has received opposition from two nearby residents, who have raised concerns over “noise, disturbance and odour” and fears over an increase in traffic due to dog training taking place.
One objector said: “The site is very open, bordering onto seven properties.
“The privacy of these properties would be destroyed, causing an impact on their quality of life.”
The other said: “The noise and general disturbance from dogs constantly barking will cause unwanted and unnecessary noise pollution in our usually quiet residential street and the additional traffic will cause unwanted and unnecessary ongoing never-ending general disturbance.
“West View is a very small residential cul-de-sac with just about a manageable level of traffic at present, residents regularly have problems finding a parking space.
“Should this change of use from a private garden to a dog training business be granted the number of vehicles and vehicle emissions will increase greatly as will the parking problems.
The property shares gates and a drive with an adjacent property, surely, it cannot be acceptable to allow strangers access to this shared drive without the prior approval of the owners of the adjacent property.”
Public consultation is open on the plans until April 2, while a target date for a decision towards the end of April.