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Councillors to decide Calverley dog exercise park plan

Controversial plans for a new dog exercise park in Calverley are set to be decided by councillors next week.

Applicant Nikki Goodall wants to use an area of land at the rear of Carr Farm Cottage, on Carr Road, as an outdoor pet recreation and exercise facility.

She wants to create a paddock area with rustic wooden post and rail fencing, in keeping with the conservation area and surrounding listed buildings. The proposed exercise area would open 8am until 8pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sundays. 

The proposals have split opinion in the village, with 42 letters of objection and 47 letters of support.

Andrew Carter Calverley and Farsley
Cllr Andrew Carter

Cllr Andrew Carter (Cons, Calverley & Farsley) has also objected, saying the dog park would be too close to properties on Clara Drive.

Concerns include increased levels of noise and disturbance and extra traffic, while supporters say there is a need for safe and secure space to exercise dogs in Calverley.

A report accompanying the application says the maximum number of animals of site at any one time would be eight. Staffing levels would be two full time and one part time member of staff.

Council planning officers are recommending that the plans are approved by councillors subject to 11 conditions, including that the area is used by one family or group/trainer/walker at any one time.

A pre-booking system should also be in operation, and there should be a 15-minute interval between each booking, to allow the previous customer to vacate the site.

More details of the plans are available here.

Councillors on the south and west plans panel will visit the site ahead of their meeting at Leeds Civic Hall on Thursday, 17 February. The agenda can be found here.

1 COMMENT

  1. This would be a great facility. It’s not that near the houses, the traffic, such as it would be, maybe a couple of cars per hour! These safe dog areas are well run and organised. There would be very little impact on the residents.

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