Under-investigation dog breeder’s new kennel bid in Blackpool hit by 50 objections

Jacqui Hamer wanted to turn her garage into a kennel, documents lodged with Wyre Council showed
Jacqui Hamer wanted to turn her garage into a kennel, documents lodged with Wyre Council showed
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A woman, who pulled a planning application to turn her garage into a kennel after being investigated over an animal welfare complaint, has received scores of objections against her latest bid.

Cockapoo breeder Jacqui Hamer wants a certificate of lawfulness to breed animals at her home, meaning she wouldn’t need planning permission, but dozens of residents have recorded their displeasure at her plans.

Ms Hamer, of Jay Doodles in Normoss Road, Blackpool, had her registration with the Cokcapoo Club of Great Britain suspended after it received a single complaint, which it said it was taking seriously.

Wyre Council said the RSPCA had investigated a number of times and had ‘never found any evidence of cruelty/sustained neglect or abuse’.Some 50 objections had been lodged with planners by Friday.

Malcolm Howarth, of Mill Lane in Poulton, said it was ‘heartwarming to see so much public response to this application’ and said he was opposed to the bid.

Ms Hamer’s neighbour, Emma Norbury, said she ‘strongly’ objected, adding: “The houses and gardens are all within close proximity to each other, making it an unsuitable position for such a noisy and potentially disease-spreading business.”

Sue Lester, also of Normoss Road, said breeding is ‘notoriously noisy, odourous’, and said it ‘attracts vermin, rodents and flies’.

She added: “I trust the authorities have noted the local neighbourhood response by the amount of objections...

“This provides an accurate guage to the negative impact the kennels/breeding facilities would have...”