Owners of Pendle’s K9 Rehab lose battle with council to build workers’ house on site

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Owners of a canine rehabilitation center have again been denied permission to retain use of their land and build a workhouse on the site.

Planning permission for K9 Rehab at Pendle Bridge Lodge, Woodend Road, Reedley, was first refused in June, but after resubmission, a long battle and many meetings, the application was refused again on the 23rd september.

Following the initial refusal, the owners of K9 Rehab, who are currently living in a caravan standing illegally on the land, again submitted plans to Pendle Borough Council asking if they could continue to use the site as a rehabilitation center for dogs and build more permanent housing. for workers, who are required on site 24 hours a day.

Lisa Tennant bought the land and set up the dog rehabilitation business on the site in the summer of 2019, which had a well maintained barn ideal for both the dog rehabilitation business and accommodation of his horses.

However, there was no residential accommodation and her business required a 24/7 presence on site for the dogs, so Ms Tennant placed two mobile homes on the land.

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The council then served enforcement notices for the storage of two caravans in September/October 2019 and one of the caravans was removed and an appeal was made against the notices.

The formal notices were subsequently withdrawn, but a new formal notice was served against the remaining caravan in February 2020.

Ms Tennant did not appeal that notice as she says she did not receive it, and therefore found herself in breach of the application, with the matter now being sued. justice by the council.

Ms Tennant’s bid to build new accommodation for site workers would see the company, which includes standard obedience and agility training and tracking training and various work trials to the highest standards. higher including dogs for the military and police, to develop and grow.

The problem with the application and development of the site is that the site is on a greenbelt, and as rural worker housing would not meet any of the exceptions identified in Pendle’s development framework, this amounts to inappropriate development which is not allowed in the green belt, except in very special circumstances.

Dozens of responses were received by Pendle Council, all in support of the application, emphasizing that Ms Tennant and K9 Rehab provide a valuable public service.

However, a report to the planning committee last week said: ‘The applicant accepts that the development does not fit any of the exceptions which would indicate that this development is not an inappropriate development.

“The statement indicates that inappropriate development can only be permitted in very specific planning circumstances. As the development is an inappropriate development, it should only be approved if there are very special planning circumstances.

“The applicant requested a dwelling on the land which does not comply with the framework in this regard. As such, the planning principle in this case is unacceptable within the green belt.

“The condition is that it must be essential for a rural worker to be there to provide proof of housing. The majority of dog training takes place with day visits with the dogs and their owners. The majority of canine use therefore does not require a nocturnal presence. Taking care of 10 dogs overnight is not enough justification to justify erecting a permanent dwelling on the land.

“Council has received concerns that if this business were to close, there is nothing in the surrounding area that would help potentially dangerous dogs harm the public.

“It is not part of the planning file as the business could be set up elsewhere in a field, not in the greenbelt, which would provide a suitable alternative to that particular location. As such, the principle is not related to the operation of a rehabilitation center for dogs, but rather the need for accommodation here, which the report says is not necessary.

The request was denied on September 23.

Previous applications to change the use of farmland to equine and to retain the stable for five horses with a hard surface have all been approved by Pendle Council.

It is unclear whether Ms Tennant will resubmit plans for the third time, and the future of the business is also unknown at this stage.

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