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Village dog breeding proposal 'inappropriate', say West Norfolk Council officials

Borough council officials have described a breeding operation that could have up to 17 dogs and puppies on site at a time as “wholly inappropriate” for its village surroundings.

Retrospective planning permission is being sought for a change of use of a property in Low Road, Congham, for a domestic dwelling and the keeping and breeding of dogs.

Dozens of people have written to West Norfolk Council to back the application by Mrs Shelley Tomsett.

Planning Applications (2791579)
Planning Applications (2791579)

But officials have advised the authority’s planning committee to reject it when they meet tomorrow.

Their report to members said: “Notwithstanding the inclusion of a Noise Management Plan, including measures to insulate the buildings, the number of dogs on the site is considered too high for a domestic scene, which is essentially what this site is.

“The barking and disturbance from the adult dogs and any puppies that are bred will undoubtedly result in significant levels of dis-amenity to surrounding residential occupiers.

King's Lynn Anti Incinerator campaigners - Michael De Whalley. (27515882)
King's Lynn Anti Incinerator campaigners - Michael De Whalley. (27515882)

“It is the opinion of Officers that this is clearly an inappropriate location for keeping / breeding dogs in such quantity.”

The application was referred to the planning committee by ward councillor Michael de Whalley, pictured above, and has also been opposed by the Congham parish council.

It argued that, while it was sympathetic to Mrs Tomsett, the scheme would set an unwelcome precedent if approved.

But the report said expressions of public support for the application outweighed objections by 71 to three, though many of the supporters live outside the borough.

The scheme’s backers said Mrs Tomsett is an experienced and responsible breeder and her operation should not be considered as commercial.

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