Dog grooming parlour to open up in former butchers

A former butchers shop in Hebburn is set to be transformed into a dog grooming parlour under new plans.

By Chris Binding
Friday, 5th June 2020, 2:22 pm
Updated Friday, 5th June 2020, 4:57 pm

South Tyneside Council received a planning application in April 2020 for a business space at 1 Birtwhistle Avenue in the town.

The plans came from Darmistic Dog Grooming with proposed opening hours including 9am-6pm, Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm on Saturday.

Following consultation, the council’s planning authority approved the change of use permission for the premises on Thursday, June 4.

1 Birtwhistle Avenue, Hebburn

According to a decision report prepared by planning officers, the business will employ one full-time staff member with a maximum of three to four dogs on site at any one time.

The report goes on to say: “The character of this row of properties along Birtwistle Avenue is commercial (and) the street already sees significant activity throughout the day.

“The opening hours proposed at the dog grooming parlour reflect those of the surrounding retail and business units.

“It is therefore not judged that the proposals would result in an unacceptable increase in activity at the site to the detriment of residential amenity.”

No objections were received from the council’s environmental health department which described the plans as an “appropriate development in a mixed use area.”

Under planning conditions, works to convert the unit must take place within the next three years.

The dog grooming industry has been growing in recent years, with new parlours opening up in premises around the North East.

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