New dog daycare centre approved despite noise and 'reduced quality of life' fears

A new Leicestershire dog daycare centre has been approved despite fears of increased noise and traffic safety. Residents had claimed the centre would lead to a “decline in the quality of life”, but developers insisted noise would be minimal.

The plan, from Shaun Duffield, centred on land off Beaumont Way at Newbold Coleorton, near Coalville, and would see three log cabins erected to form a new centre for Hounds Daycare in the area’s surrounding woodland. An existing car park for 14 vehicles would be maintained, but it sparked concern from residents close to the proposed site.

One said the daycare centre would “certainly” lead to increased noise and disrupt the peace they currently enjoyed. They even claimed that the centre, which could hold up to as many as 60 dogs at a time, would lead to a “decline in the quality of life” for the animals.

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In documents, Mr Duffield said the spruce cabins would be joined on site by mobile timber kennels and polytunnel shelter which could be dismantled and moved around the woodland. The first cabin would become the centre’s reception and host sleep room for dogs, while the second and third will also hold room for sleeping dogs as well as storage space.

At first, 40 dogs are expected to be at the centre before it is increased to 60 as “the business grows” according to Mr Duffield. One objector claimed the noise would “travel exponentially” and the dogs would bark “from the moment that they are dropped off until they are collected”.

This was contested by KC Planning and Development on behalf of Mr Duffield. They said their trained staff would help “adjust the behaviour” of dogs who were barking out of natural response to arousal or excitement. They said the dogs’ arrival at the centre would be staggered to further limit noise disruption, while they would also be limited to groups of 10.

They also dismissed nearby residents' concerns regarding noise, pointing out that the site was close to the busy A42. KC Planning and Development said the likelihood of nuisance noise was “low” as a result.

Other objections were raised over increased traffic from the site, with some saying it would lead to congestion and parking issues and even pose a “safety hazard” for pedestrians. Highways officials at Leicestershire County Council disagreed, claiming any impacts on safety would “not be unacceptable” while potential issues with Beaumont Way were also classed as “not severe”.

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) approved the plan, despite the concerns, saying the dog daycare centre was “sustainable”. The council did impose a number of conditions on Mr Duffield’s scheme though, saying no more than 60 dogs can be allowed on site and that the car park must also be hard surfaced.

NWLDC also imposed opening hours on the scheme in the interests of nearby residents. It can only be open between 6am and 6pm Monday to Fridays, 9am to 5pm on Saturdays and 9am to 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

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