Neighbors are fuming over plans to build a cattery in the back garden
Neighbors have been left furious over plans to build 10 cat houses in a back garden in Shavington. The retrospective application to build the structures at an address on Weston Lane was registered with Cheshire East Council towards the end of March.
He proposes to erect “wood framed and clad outdoor cat houses with outdoor exercise areas”. A statement submitted with the application confirmed that the applicants are Maine Coon cat breeders who purchased the property in November.
The cats that live there belong to the claimants, who sell the kittens. But the plans have been criticized by some people living nearby for a variety of reasons, including the potential mess and buildup of traffic from people picking up the kittens they have purchased.
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Some neighbors have expressed anger that they were built without permission. One claimed applicants were told they had to submit the plans following a visit from a Cheshire East Council officer.
Another Weston Lane resident said: “I find it completely out of control that the proposal has been carried out without any planning from Cheshire East Council or any thought and consultation with the people who live near the proposed development.
“This development, if approved, would destroy the character of this part of Shavington. If this proposal goes ahead, it would turn a private dwelling into a business with all the associated problems.”
Another said: “By all accounts, what appears to be in development is a cat breeding cattery, which appears to be solely developed as a commercial venture. The development will lead to vermin and affect the quality life of close neighbors. The location is in a village with other properties nearby.”
But there were supportive comments from people who have dealt with the candidates before, although many are not from the area. Several said the new homes would be essential for the health and well-being of the cats.
One person said: “Having known the contestant for some time and having had the honor of buying her two kittens, I can only say that the true love and welfare of her cats is paramount.
“The need for outdoor space for cats is essential for their health and well-being and the quality of work and facilities will be exceptional as these cats are truly loved and cared for like no other I know. This is by no means a facility that in my opinion has no adverse effect on its environment, but allows a family business to take care of cats in the best possible way.”
Another said: “The size of the cattery will bring additional well-being and, above all, freedom to the cats and bring them happiness. It also allows a much better environment for the cats to get enough exercise. Plus, time spent outdoors can promote mental health as it gives the cat time to explore and keep their mind active.”
A statement submitted with the application by DBD Architectural Consultancy, on behalf of the applicants, reads: “The applicants are Maine Coon cat breeders and purchased the Weston Lane property in November, after a long search for the perfect property. They chose it because it would not only provide a beautiful family home, but more so for their cats.
“They wanted to provide their cats with safe and secure outdoor access. Maine Coons are a breed that thrives in the fresh air and with space to play. They believe in giving their cats the best possible quality of life, hence their desire to erect wood-framed cat enclosures in the back garden of the property.”
It adds that the applicant “fully understands” that this is a major project. He also claims that the applicant was “open, honest, frank and caring” towards his neighbours.
The statement continues: “The cattery is built to respect the permitted development dimensions (a total height of 2.2m, including a platform of maximum height of 30cm above the adjacent ground level and buildings of 190cm), although the Maine Coon cat breed is by nature a quiet breed the candidates also included design details such as soundproofing, curfews/bedtimes for cats (later in the morning weekends), licensed waste collectors and couriers for cat collections rather than large numbers of visitors.
“If the buyer of the kitten wanted to pick up the kitten, the cattery only authorizes this from Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. without collection on Sunday out of consideration for its neighbors. Those who come to pick up their new kitten will not do so. visit the cat buildings in the garden.”
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