Concerns have been raised over ‘controversial’ plans to move Birmingham Dogs’ Home onto treasured greenbelt land in Catherine-de-Barnes.
Villagers were due to meet, at the time the Solihull News went to press, to discuss the proposal, which if approved would see the rescue centre being rebuilt on land next to Woodhouse Farm in Catherine-de-Barnes Lane.
The charity, founded in 1892, has been in its current inner-city location in New Bartholomew Street, Digbeth, since 1987.
But as we reported last week, the organisation now wants to move to a purpose-built base, with space to exercise its dogs.
Councillor Bob Sleigh (Con, Bickenhill) said he had reservations about the application.
“I am concerned that this land will be lost to development,” he said.
“This land offers a gap between a number of small communities and if we allow this application, I have concerns that the whole lot will go.
“I know there may also be issues with noise and neighbour nuisance but my primary concern is that this is a highly valuable piece of land and we need to be careful what we do with it.
“Catherine-de-Barnes is a treasure and we need to be sure we make the right choices.”
Hampton-in-Arden parish councillor, John Doidge said he was keen to hear residents’ reactions but added: “This is a controversial application within the greenbelt, which in principle, we would be concerned about.
“We would have concerns about its proximity to Catherine-de-Barnes village and houses.”
The plans, submitted by Brooke Smith Planning, include 120 purpose-built kennels in four main blocks with additional kennels in a behavioural suite and for isolation.
Unlike the existing facility, there will be external exercise space for the dogs and an area for dog walking.