Plans for dog exercise business

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Plans have been submitted to change the use of green belt land off Altrincham Road from agriculture to a dog exercise area.

The proposal is to use the field, which is adjacent to the Honey Bee public house, for the business purposes of exercising dogs.

The field will be enclosed with a 2m high fencing with access from a stub off the former main carriageway and a new pedestrian access will be created.

The field will be available to book for 1 hour slots during daylight hours and will only be available for one customer per slot.

The planning application can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council planning portal by searching for planning reference 19/5216M.

Planning Applications


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Rick Andrews
Tuesday 26th November 2019 at 7:45 pm
Not wishing to be cynical, but once classified as business use, does that provide a future opportunity for building?Who knows?
Bernard Mitchell
Wednesday 27th November 2019 at 8:54 pm
Rick you are so right ,
heard a very similar story twenty five years ago re land close to our home ( it's only for a few cars ) we now have three thousand cars on this land and a four her five thousand on the adjoining land with eight hundred more approved for 2020.
Thin edge of the wedge for sure !!!!
Marcia McGrail
Thursday 28th November 2019 at 1:20 pm
Does this land come with built-in protections to ensure its continued non-residential use?Sadly, the concept of green land protection in planning practice is a complete and utter joke and is being eroded to the point of farce. The sale of all green belt land should be regulated by cocidils attached to subsequent purchasers - many residential properties already come with certain legally binding stipulations, such as 'no business to be conducted', 'no agricultural animals' etc so why not honour the concept of green land by doing something similar?
Not until every green acre is concreted over will the greedy and the ignorant be satisfied, I'll bet.
Pippa Jones
Monday 2nd December 2019 at 9:37 am
A dog exercise area? Presumably this is an area for dog "walking" firms to allow dogs to run around while the owner of the company stands and watches them? The thought of dogs exercising on an hourly timetable behind a 2m fence sounds horrific to me, although I am not a dog owner. This is greenbelt land, designed to provide a rural edge to communities to avoid urban spread, and is particularly important at a time of climate emergency and a biodiversity crisis. This application is definitely part of the growing industrialisation of the greenbelt. The area should be used for tree planting or rewilding to contribute to our efforts to combat the impending climate disaster. My worry is that once it has been used as a dog walking area for a couple of years, the next application, as suggested by other contributors, will be a building or another airport carpark.
Helen Carter
Sunday 8th December 2019 at 9:18 am
We would use this with our dog as we are struggling to find places to do recall training where there are no other dogs as distractions. A safe area to try this and take off the lead would be useful. Suspect it would mean we would us the Honey Bee too. Been there once since it opened and that was with work not family.
John Harries
Sunday 8th December 2019 at 1:41 pm
Good idea but is it(?) - it is however, almost certainly, the thin end of the wedge - again.
The Colony, on the Morley side of the A538 just a mile closer to Wilmslow was a kennels - existing smallholding/farm buildings originally - now it's what, a medium size commercial 'estate/showrooms' that not too long ago submitted planning for a music permit (memory tells me 7 days a week, some of which was almost all daylight hours thro' to midnight!! - cynical me, agricultural land to nightclub in just a few years).
...and then there is Bernard Mitchell's experience (I'm guessing Bernard is somewhere in Cheshire a little closer to the airport...what a nightmare scenario to have 'next door'
Don't forget, not too long ago the Honey Bee pub/restaurant with 'adequate car parking/access) was a private residence turned care home.
I'd say no way and never to a dog walking compound (and I'm a dog owner/lover), it's agricultural land and otherwise the developers route to profit and more concrete plus ever more lucrative rates (and to blazes with the locals) for CEC.
We don't have to justify unused agricultural land but changing it to commercialisation does need a great deal of justification
Pete Taylor
Monday 9th December 2019 at 12:04 am
I'm reading, elsewhere, that folks in Tatton are challenging the Green Belt robbery perpretated by former Conservative Councillors who were desperate to push through the flawed Party-political Local Plan at any cost.
We really do have a chance to roll this back; why should we lose our Green Belt for un-needed "executive" housing on our agricultural land?

Our current MP is totally silent on this (and many other issues). She has done nothing what so ever for Tatton since she was parachuted in to this (formerly) easy Tory seat.