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Pendle’s K9 Rehab house owners battle with council to construct employees’ house on web site


The house owners of a canine rehabilitation centre who’re embroiled in a court docket battle over a caravan, have utilized for permission to retain the usage of the land and construct a employee’s dwelling on the positioning.

Planning permission to take care of the usage of the land for personal equine use, canine rehabilitation and a rural employee’s dwelling, for K9 Rehab at Pendle Bridge Lodge, Woodend Street, Reedley, was refused in June.

However final month, house owners of K9 Rehab, who at the moment dwell in a caravan which is illegally sited on the land, resubmitted plans to Pendle Borough Council asking if they may preserve utilizing the positioning as a rehab centre and construct a extra everlasting lodging for employees, who’re required on the web site 24 hours a day.

Lisa Tennant purchased the land and arrange the canine rehabilitation enterprise on the web site in summer time 2019, which had an current well-maintained barn constructing splendid for each the canine rehabilitation enterprise and stabling of her horses.

Nevertheless, there was no residential lodging, and her enterprise required a presence on-site for the canine 24/7, so Mrs Tennant positioned two residential caravans on the land.

The council then served enforcement notices for the storage of two caravans in September/October 2019 and one of many caravans was eliminated and an enchantment lodged towards the notices.

The enforcement notices had been subsequently withdrawn, however an extra discover was served towards the remaining caravan in February 2020.

Mrs Tennant didn’t enchantment towards this discover as she says she didn’t obtain it, and subsequently discovered herself in breach of the enforcement, with the matter now topic to court docket motion by the council.

The proposed employees lodging

Earlier functions to alter the use from agricultural land to equine, and retain the steady constructing for 5 horses with laborious standing space, have all been authorised by Pendle Council.

Mrs Tennant’s utility to construct a brand new dwelling for employees on the web site would enable the enterprise, which includes commonplace obedience and agility coaching and coaching in monitoring and varied working trials to the best requirements that embrace canine for the navy and the police, to develop and develop.

The difficulty with the applying and improvement of the positioning is that the positioning is on inexperienced belt land, and as a rural employees dwelling wouldn’t meet any of the exceptions recognized within the Pendle improvement framework, it quantities to an inappropriate improvement which isn’t allowed within the inexperienced belt, besides in very particular circumstances.

Nevertheless, a supporting planning assertion resubmitted to the council final month reads: “The agricultural employees dwelling would enable the candidates to dwell on web site, offering 24-hour monitoring of canine on the web site.

“The native framework encourages the sustainable development and growth of all varieties of enterprise in rural areas. The enterprise would offer employment paying above the nationwide minimal wage.

“There’s appreciable curiosity within the service this web site gives, from the police, the navy and vets practices, in addition to the general public.

“These advantages do weigh in favour of those proposals. That’s as a result of the candidates supply a specialist service that isn’t generally accessible on this space.

“The closest related facility from right here is in Cheshire. There is no such thing as a purpose to doubt that curiosity in taking on accessible areas at this enterprise wouldn’t be taken up by these events.

“The applicant may take different safety measures for the positioning. Nevertheless everlasting on-site presence would, enable for rapid consideration of animals stored there.

“The proposed improvement would enable the candidates to determine their observe, for which there’s help amongst potential prospects, for a extremely specialised and for this space, distinctive, service.

“This outweighs the hurt to the inexperienced belt by inappropriateness and lack of openness that might consequence from the siting of a comparatively modest house.

“Accordingly, very particular circumstances do exist on this occasion for the proposals to be permitted.”

Seven letters of help had been obtained for Mrs Tennant’s utility, and Lancashire County Council’s Highways division has raised no objections to the plans both.

The one objection has come from Reedley Hallows Parish Council, who wrote: “The Reedley Hallows Parish Council want to object to this utility on the grounds of inappropriate improvement inside a inexperienced belt.”

At current, a proposed improvement to offer areas for 10 canine kennels on the positioning can’t be undertaken till planning permission is granted for the employees’ dwelling and the county court docket proceedings handled. 

Residents had till Monday to touch upon the plans, and determination might be made by the council on whether or not to approve the resubmitted utility within the subsequent few months.



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