New residential development to replace dog track

A new property scheme based in the Kent village of Staplehurst seeks to build homes on a site currently containing a dog racing track and kennels. The site located on Pile Lane would feature 51 new properties – if the recently submitted plans are accepted by the local council.

While the existing kennels and outbuildings currently standing on Home Farm in Staplehurst would be demolished if the scheme is green lit, the dog track that is locally used for training purposes would be relocated.

Comprising 2.56 hectares, the land has served as kennels for both training and breeding greyhounds for about 60 years, and it has the capacity to house around 150 dogs at a time. While the land in question proposed for the scheme lies beyond any boundary for residential development, the application argues that the location is technically a brownfield site and that, as the village expands, residents living in new build homes close by could potentially experience disturbance and noise from dogs being kept at the site.

Architects in Knutsford, Staplehurst and other parts of the country shape their designs to suit local areas, ensuring they are suited to not only those who will use them, but others living and working nearby.

The plans submitted by the applicant indicate that the homes built would come in a variety of sizes and styles, with approximately 40 percent constructed as affordable accommodation. While road access to the properties would come from Headcorn Road, both Sweetlands Lane and Pile Lane would provide pedestrian links.

Posted by Mark
April 12, 2021

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