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.

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