Ex-kennels to become bungalows next to busy Staffordshire road

Former kennel buildings in the green belt are set to be demolished and replaced with three new bungalows.

Lime Lane in Little Wyrley, with the former kennel site picture on the right. Photo: Google
Lime Lane in Little Wyrley, with the former kennel site picture on the right. Photo: Google

Cannock Chase Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead for the redevelopment at Lime Lane, Little Wyrley.

There is already a bungalow on the site, alongside buildings that were previously used as commercial dog kennels.

The kennel buildings have not been in use for several years, committee members were told, and it is now proposed that they be replaced with three two-bedroom bungalows.

Rob Duncan, an agent who spoke in support of the plans at Wednesday’s meeting, said: “The application is considered an appropriate form of development in the green belt – redevelopment of a previously developed site.

“It represents a reduction in footprint of development and a reduction in volume. It will have less impact on the Green Belt than the existing buildings.”

But Councillor Zaphne Stretton said: “I’m concerned about putting three more bungalows on there.

“They will need to enter and exit onto a very busy stretch of highway as that’s the road that comes from Walsall. A lot of people use that road to go to work and shops – it’s going to add to problems.”

Councillor Andrea Muckley said: “It is going to impact the visual amenity of the local area and the openness of the Green Belt. I feel this is over-development of the Green Belt, it’s unnecessary.”

Other committee members welcomed the prospect of more bungalows for the district however.

Councillor Alan Pearson said: “If we don’t start to build bungalows our old and infirm will be going into residential accommodation or flats. We’re very fortunate someone wants to build three bungalows, it’s very rare.”

Councillor Paul Witton said: “I think it’s OK. I would sooner have bungalows by me than kennels.”

Councillor Alan Dudson said: “I have been coming down there for 30 or 40 years – it was previously a greyhound trainer that had the bungalow. It’s not detrimental to the area, you have got an industrial estate over the road.

“To put three bungalows on there will enhance the area.”

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