Dog day-care business at industrial estate refused

A day kennels for dogs from an existing storage warehouse use on an industrial estate in Bristol was refused for adversely affecting the range and quality of business units available for employment in the area, for which there was a demand.

The only issue in the case was the loss of the employment use to the sui generis kennels. The adopted local plan policy aimed to retain such units in employment use for either office and light industrial, general industrial or storage and warehouse, subject to exceptions. The inspector went through the exceptions cited in the policy. The first required proposals to not harm the range or quality of land or premises available for business use but on this point the council could evidence a shortage of business premises for general industrial and storage use in the area. Secondly, the proposal did not meet a specific requirement from neighbouring business uses and thirdly there was no evidence that the site had been marketed for business use as required by the policy.

Whilst the inspector accepted that a dog day care service was a useful service for customers, including some who worked on the industrial estate, and it would provide similar employment levels to surrounding units, he concluded there was no compelling evidence to indicate that the business could not be run from other premises rather than occupying a business unit previously in storage use on an industrial estate. 

Inspector: J P Tudor: Written representations

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