Published: 06:00, 05 April 2021
Plans have been submitted for 51 new homes to be built on the site of kennels and a dog racing track.
The proposed development on land at Home Farm on Pile Lane in Staplehurst would see the existing buildings demolished and the training track removed.
Although the land lies outside any residential development boundary, the applicant argues that it is a brownfield site and the expansion of the village means residents in new-build properties nearby could suffer noise and disturbance from the dogs housed on the site.
The 2.56-hectare site has been used as a kennels for the breeding and training of greyhounds for around 60 years and can accommodate up to 150 dogs at one time.
Plans for the development suggest the 51 new properties would be of varying styles and sizes, with 40% of them to be affordable housing.
Road access to the homes would be from Headcorn Road, with pedestrian links to Pile Lane and Sweetlands Lane.
In support of the plans it is argued redevelopment of the site would enable the greyhound training business to relocate to a less sensitive site where noise will not be an issue for people living nearby.