A COUNCILLOR is “extremely angry” over a planning application for an animal centre – arguing neighbours have endured ‘months of constant barking’.

Wycombe Independent Cllr Darren Hayday criticised a part-retrospective planning application brought by Bruce’s Doggy Day Care, saying retired people in Horsleys Green, and those working from home in the area, had ‘bore the brunt’ of the noise.

Cllr Hayday also said he felt the site, on land south of Studley Green garden centre, was the “wrong” spot for the business – adding ‘earth had been cleared and locals were not contacted’.

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He requested the application be brought in for committee scrutiny, where he will speak against it.

Bucks Free Press:

The part-retrospective application, which was submitted to Buckinghamshire Council last week, is for a change of use of the land “owned” by the garden centre to operate as a canine day centre.

Cllr Hayday said the business has been in operation for the “last few months”.

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“I completely object to this planning application,” he said. “For the past few months, residents have had to endure the almost constant barking from this site.

“The new business had not bothered to reach out to the nearby residents, or to speak to any of the local councillors. They just started to do clearing of the land and taking and trading dogs.

“This is the wrong site for an application, and I do not want to see it operating here. I speak as a dog owner myself – but I am extremely angry at the owners to think it would not have an impact on the community.

“The poor residents living in Horsleys Green are the ones who have taken the brunt of the noise. Especially as many are either retired or now working from home and having to hear all of the barking.”

Bucks Free Press:

Bruce Casalis, chief executive officer and founder of Bruce’s Doggy Day Care, said: “The current Stokenchurch site has been operating as a doggy day care centre for many years.

“Since acquiring the site, Bruce’s has submitted a planning application as a reputable day care provider.

“Bruce’s is the UK’s leading doggy day care provider which offers much-needed, daytime only service to the area with a high ratio of carers to dogs in spacious outdoor areas with heated indoor space available at all times.

“Dogs in the care of Bruce’s are occupied and stimulated, thanks to our carefully planned daily enrichment programme – a happy dog is a quiet dog.”

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