Northumberland dog-training facility gets the go-ahead

Jacquie Hall
Jacquie Hall

A controversial plan to build a dog-training centre in a north Northumberland village, which has divided opinion, was given the go-ahead last night.

The scheme had been submitted by Jacquie Hall in a bid to expand her Northumberland Canine Centre, which has operated near to Rennington for almost a decade.

The application was to erect a wooden shed to use for dog training, with accompanying car parking and use of surrounding land as an outdoor dog-training facility.

It is earmarked for West Moor Plantation Cottage, Felton. Miss Hall said that her current business had outgrown its current indoor premises and also required land to develop outdoor activities further.

The scheme received support from 39 people, who said there was a demand for the business and its expansion, benefits of dog training and promotion of responsible ownership and it will bring people to the area.

However, 13 neighbours were against the scheme, on grounds such as increased traffic, unsustainable location for a new business and dog-waste odours. The parish council objected on a number of issues.

But, the application was approved by members of the north area planning committee.

Coun Trevor Thorne told the meeting: “I think it is an appropriate site for a business like this.”

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