Greyhound kennels built without permission allowed to stay as council overruled

Greyhound kennels built without permission allowed to stay after council is overruled
Greyhound kennels built without permission allowed to stay after council is overruled

A Greyhound trainer has won an appeal to keep his kennels after the planning inspectorate overruled Wiltshire Council's previous decision.

Mr D Porter had installed the kennels at The Grain Barge, Lyneham, without securing planning permission from the local authority and his retrospective application was subsequently refused.

But after launching an appeal late last year, the planning inspectorate has ruled that the site can continue to be home to 50 dogs that are raced regularly at Swindon's Abbey Stadium.

While this is a victory for the greyhound racing industry in Swindon as Mr Porter risked losing his license to train without legal premises to house the dogs, it will also serve as a blow to locals who had written objections about the welfare of the dogs, as well as neighbours who said the noise was a nuisance.

The planning inspectorate ruled Mr Porter had to meet specific conditions within a certain time frame to mitigate some of these concerns or the planning permission would be withdrawn.

The Planning Inspectorate decision said: "The appeal is allowed, and planning permission is granted for change of use from grain store to kennels for 50 greyhounds and provision of portaloo, 2 storage containers and 4 dog runs at The Grain Barn."

But added: "I have imposed a condition to require the first 5 metres of the access to be consolidated to prevent loose material from discharging onto the highway.

"I have imposed two conditions that follow on from the recommendations of the Noise Assessment. These ensure that works are carried out in a timely manner to address the transmission of sound from the site and ensure that the development does not adversely affect the living conditions of the occupiers of nearby dwellings."

Mr Porter has six months to install the recommended noise-mitigating steps and three months to add the new access road surface.

He must also seek permission to add external lighting, CCTV and security to the site.

As dogs are regularly moved to and from the site on race days, a condition has also been added limiting the times that this can take place.

"I have imposed a condition to control the hours of noise generating activity at the site that could be audible from outside the building and thus harm the living conditions of the occupiers of nearby dwellings," the Planning Inspectorate added.

"This allows for the short burst of activity associated with returning the dogs to the kennels after an evening race but ensures that this does not take place after 21:15.".