Plans for a new dog walking walking and training facility in Farnley have been approved by Leeds City Council planning officers.
Applicant Simon Kellet has successfully applied to change the use of part of his agricultural land off Hall Lane, Old Farnley. The land is towards the back of The Beulah and would include a 1.8 metre high wire fence.
A planning statement submitted with the application stated:
“The land forms part of a wider farming business, which comprises approximately 123 acres of productive meadow land and pasture. In order to provide employment for a family member the applicant proposes to introduce a new element to the business that has great demand and allows the public to enjoy the open countryside.
“It is proposed to change the use of an area of land adjacent to Hall Lane to provide a secure dog walking and training facility for members of the public to utilise.”
The statement concludes:
“The proposed dog-walking field will serve to both provide employment for local people, and provide a safe and secure recreational facility for local residents to exercise their dogs. The development would not introduce any harm to the character and appearance of the green belt or special landscape area, and would not be detrimental to highway safety.”
Leeds Ramblers’ Group had voiced concerns over access to a public footpath but a planning officer’s report says a condition is attached to the planning permission which ensures the main gate remains unlocked and access to the footpath is maintained. The report adds:
“The proposal is not considered to have a significant detrimental impact on neighbouring amenity or adversely affect the openness of the Green Belt.”
Planning conditions include operating between 7am and 8pm, admission be booking only and only be used by two households or one professional dog walker with a maximum of eight dogs at any one time.
The full plans can be viewed in full here.