Baying at the moon

An appellant seeking permission to replace boarding kennels in the New Forest found that she was not baying at the moon, an inspector deciding that accommodation for 20 dogs would not result in greater disturbance to neighbours than 10 dogs (DCS Number 400-020-838).

Here is the inspector’s reasoning:

“….20 dogs could clearly generate noise as a result of barking and other sounds, but how much more noise 20 dogs would generate than the 10 dogs licensed in 2009 is unclear. The appellant’s noise report however indicates that noise levels would not increase at the same rate as the number of dogs. Therefore 20 dogs would not sound twice as loud as 10, and in the unlikely event that all 20 dogs barked in unison, the sound generated would be louder, but not considerably louder than 10 dogs barking in unison.”

Bearing in mind the potential for improved noise insulation and a management plan, and in the context of existing traffic noise, the inspector concluded that the development would not cause unacceptable adverse effects on the living conditions of the occupiers of neighbouring properties by virtue of noise and disturbance. A bone of contention remained, however, the inspector deciding that the development would have an unacceptable adverse effect on highway safety.

The topic of noise from kennels is covered at section 23.133 of DCP Online.