The dog training site is allowed to open on a one-year trial basis

An outdoor dog exercise park has been allowed to open on a trial basis in Calverley, despite concerns over barking noise.

The pet recreation facility will be allowed to operate for 12 months, after a temporary building permit was granted on Thursday.

The plans had drawn ire from some neighbors living on Clara Drive in the area, with the site on a disused plot of land near Carr Farm Cottages to the south.

They claimed they would be bothered by barking for much of the day, with the facility expected to be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

A noise assessment funded by the opponents supported this view.

But the plaintiff behind the installation, Nikki Goodall, disputed those findings.

Speaking at a meeting of experts on the plans where the matter was heard on Thursday, she said: ‘The report is entirely based on speculation and guesswork.

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“As the dog park doesn’t exist yet, it’s just ridiculous to report on the number of barking dogs, volume and duration.”

Ms Goodall has promised to put up acoustic fences around where the dogs will be and no more than eight pets will be allowed on the site at any one time.

She said she had wanted to work with neighbors but that was “undermined” when she received “intimidating letters from lawyers, personal confrontations and a deluge of objections”.

She added: “This whole experience has left me intimidated, intimidated and really, really sick.”

In response, one opponent told the committee: “This proposal is not supported by the local community.

“The applicant operates a commercial enterprise which may occupy alternative space, which does not contravene planning law or environmental health regulations.

Adding that the opposition to the program was ‘not personal’, he added: ‘It has caused a lot of stress for me and my family.

“We are both NHS workers. Our neighbor is an NHS worker and after the pandemic when we felt cosh, all we want to do is come home and enjoy the quiet residential space we feel we are entitled to.

Although planning officers suggested the application be denied, councilors voted to approve temporary permission, on the condition that noise levels be measured frequently by the council’s environmental health team.

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