A STABLES site on the edge of Helensburgh is seeking retrospective planning permission for a dog exercising area at its premises.

The go-ahead is being sought from Argyll and Bute Council for land east of Cherryhill Stables to house the exercise facility, along with a boundary fence and timber shelter.

A supporting statement by agents MH Planning Associates said there was “no reason” why planning permission could not be given.

“Bark in the Park” fun sessions for dogs currently take place at the site.

A decision is expected from the council’s planning officers by late March, with the plans available to view through the authority’s website.

Michael Hyde, of MH Planning Associates, said: “What is being applied for is a recreational use that is compatible with an agricultural or natural setting, and that on this basis it is an appropriate development within the greenbelt.

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“There are furthermore no adverse landscape impacts, and the existing access and parking arrangements are satisfactory.

“There is no reason why planning permission for the change of use of land to a dog exercising area, and the erection of a boundary fence and timber shelter, should not be able to be granted.”

In a separate statement, Mr Hyde added: “The site is located approximately 500 metres to the east of the group of buildings at Ardencaple Farm, on the south side of the farm access road, which also serves the adjacent Cherryhill Stables.

“It is part of field that was previously used for the grazing of horses.

“‘Bark in the Park’ can only be pre-booked on the basis of timed half hour ‘slots’. It is considered that, having regard to the requirements of the Local Development Plan, the existing access and parking arrangements are acceptable.”

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