A FAMILY from Oswald-twistle fear their lives could be made unbearable if a plan for a new boarding kennel is given the go-ahead.
Members of Hyndburn Council's Planning Committee have given conditional approval to a proposal to open a 19-unit kennels and cattery block at 118 Haslingden Old Road. But Stuart Berry, who lives with his wife and three children next door to the suggested site, is furious at the decision - as another kennel block is already in business on the other side of his house, at number 114.
Mr Berry said several years before the family moved into the house, a boarding kennel was open at number 118. It closed down but permission was later granted for new kennels at number 114 instead.
But when the Berry family moved into their house eight years ago, they were unaware planning permission was still in place for kennels at 118 as well.
Mr Berry said he was seeking legal advice against the council, adding: "My main concern is that when Hyndburn Council gave permission for the kennels at 114 they knew that planning permission still existed at 118.
"They're now having great difficulty in stopping the new proposal - meaning my house will be trapped in between two dog kennels. There could be up to 120 dogs surrounding us and the noise will be horrendous. We would love to move but how can we sell the house now? It's worthless."
Surveyor Mr Alan Kinder, who represented Mr Berry at the Planning Committee meeting, said: "He realises that there is already planning permission in existence for kennels but he is very anxious that the new buildings on the site should not be extended any further than those which were originally there.''
Planning officers recommended that the application, which was submitted by Mr Paul Partridge, should be given conditional approval, but members agreed to a suggestion from Councillor Dave Parkins that they should visit the site before making a final decision.