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Dog kennels can be used for commercial purpose

The number of dogs a Sutton St James woman can keep in kennels at her Sutton St James home has been increased and she can now also use the facility for commercial purposes.

Beverley Street, of Broadgate, submitted a retrospective application to South Holland District Council, requesting that a condition in her previously-approved application for 18 kennels with a four-metre run to the front be amended.

She asked that the reference to the number of dogs (18) be removed and the requirement for the kennels to be 'for non-commercial use' be reversed.

Coun Michael Seymour, who represents The Saints, which includes Sutton St James, told the meeting he had received numerous letters of complaint about the noise from Mrs Street's property and that many villagers had approached him to discuss the matter.

However, none of the complainants had sought to have noise monitoring equipment installed at their homes - so sound emitting from the kennels had not been recorded in any way.

Committee chairman Roger Gambba-Jones said: "The problem is if people are not willing to go on record as the noise having a direct effect on them, then there is no evidence base.

"If we reject the application, the applicant would say 'where's the evidence?'

"I have every sympathy with the residents", said Coun Gambba-Jones, adding that if the affected residents approached the council, they would be given support and assistance.

Planning permission was granted for one year - and the maximum number of dogs to be kept at the kennels restricted to 30.

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