Chadderton’s cattery will be demolished and bungalows built in its place

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PLANS were granted to tear down a cattery in Chadderton and build bungalows in its place after the facility suffered financially during the pandemic.

A planning request has been sent to council to demolish Leestock Cattery in Chadderton Fold, which has been operating for 35 years, and build three bungalows on the land.

The cattery can accommodate more than 60 cats at a time.

A planning document read: “As with many similar businesses, the ongoing pandemic has had a major impact on the business and most of last year’s bookings have been canceled due to the pandemic.

“The business received minimal government support as it was allowed to remain open, but without any customers. Due to the pandemic, as well as the personal circumstances of the owner, it was decided to shut down the business and apply for a building permit to redevelop the site for a small subdivision. ”

After the proposals were tabled, several objections were raised.

One wrote: “We oppose the development of three more houses as it would result in a daily increase in traffic along a single unpaved road which is already in poor condition.”

Another added: “We oppose the proposal to build three more houses in Chadderton Fold due to limited access and the additional problem of a single lane road.

A third said: “This app would disrupt and deter the wildlife that lives along the river and its banks adjacent to the land, and it would take away the fun of walking through the area on the adjacent adjacent trail.”

But, taking into account access issues, a council report said: “It is not considered that there will be an additional or significant amount of traffic generated or demand for street parking as a result of the proposed development. ”

The local authority has also assessed the impact of the development on wildlife and the environment. The plans were approved this week.

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