Plans for a dog grooming business to be run from a Derbyshire village house have raised concerns about noise and odor.
Councilors and residents fear that using 58 Peveril Crescent in West Hallam for business could create noise, bad smells and disruption.
Marcia McFarlane has applied to run her business from the village bungalow and planners have recommended that she be given the go-ahead at a meeting of Erewash Township Council on Wednesday June 23rd.
She says dog grooming would be done in a purpose-built workshop that would be double-glazed, soundproofed, and completely closed.
Miss McFarlane says that on busy days, up to five dogs per day are brought onto the property.
Cllr Carol Hart, the District Council Chairperson, has raised concerns, writing, “While I welcome anyone starting their own business, I am concerned about the potential impact of equipment noise on neighboring properties and the impact it has on amenities the bedroom window of the neighboring neighbor is close to the planned pod and therefore soundproofing is a must. “
Robert Mee, colleague at West Hallam, has also raised issues and writes: “This is a residential area where adding a small building for business purposes would be atypical and affect the visual amenities.
“I am worried about the effects of the use on the quality of stay of neighboring users through noise and nuisance as well as about the potential of the use to generate odors and the use of potentially dangerous substances. The proposal will also lead to increased traffic. “
West Hallam Town Council has objected to the plans, stating that it is not “in keeping with the area” and would affect visual amenity.
There were also concerns about the effects of noise, smells and “disturbance in this quiet residential area”.
Some residents have also written objection letters and commented: “I’m worried about smells like dog feces and bacteria.
“We fear that the business could be carried out outside the capsule, which would affect our enjoyment of our home and garden.
“There is a possibility of noise and disturbance to neighboring properties due to the business … barking dogs, etc.”
Miss McFarlane writes in her application: “Because of its size, the design and position of the pod was carefully considered.
“It has been placed so that it is away from neighboring gardens and windows to ensure that there is no significant adverse, harmful or materially damaging effect on the neighbors in terms of overwhelming, overshadowing, overlooked or annoying noises and the living environment is not changes the character of the area.
“There will be no significant increase in traffic or people and no adverse effects on road safety, as the majority of customers are expected to be local and a pick-up and drop-off service will also be provided to minimize this if possible.
“There will not be several dogs waiting, as it is an individual service for one dog at a time and access to the services is only possible by appointment.”
She says the store is closed on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sundays and public holidays.
Council officials, who recommended approval, wrote: “The proposed change of use to mixed use of living and dog grooming would not significantly affect the living conditions of the residents of the nearby apartments.
“It is not assumed that noise from business use would impair the privacy or quiet enjoyment of the neighboring apartments to an extent that a building permit could reasonably be refused.
“A dog that is present in the property at all times is not uncommon in a typical domestic situation with pets.”