Dog training plan blocked by councillors who said barking pets and shouting trainers would disturb the neighbours

City councils have refused permission to conduct dog training on a farm in Scholes near Cleckheaton.

They said the proposal for up to 14 dogs a day, six days a week in a field behind the Pasture Farm Barn in West View was “inappropriate” and would affect the convenience of neighboring homes.

Members of the Kirklees Council’s Heavy Woolen Planning Sub-Committee (June 10) said the barking of dogs and the yelling of their trainers would hit people a few meters away.

They said the harm outweighed the benefits of the plan.

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The committee took action against the planners who recommended the plan for approval.

Clr Steve Hall (Lab, Heckmondwike) commented, “Listening to the dogs and shouting instructions is not my way of having a peaceful Saturday. I find it inappropriate in this place. “

Other committee members agreed, with one citing shared access to the facility’s designated property as an added complication.

People who lived near the site and opposed the plan said they feared dogs could threaten the cattle on a small farm if they break free, and that dog poop washed up on their land on rainy days could be.

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At the same meeting at Huddersfield City Hall, the following motions were also discussed:

Declined: first floor side and rear extensions at 74-76 Pilgrim Crescent, Dewsbury Moor, Dewsbury.

Approved: Single Family Home Off 18 Wells Road, Thornhill, Dewsbury.

Approved: Change of use of a barn into two residential units on Egypt Farm, Cliffe Labne, Gomersal.

Approved: Change of use from clothing store to hot, cold and takeaway dessert café at 677 Huddersfield Road, Ravensthorpe.

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