of Norfolk's top greyhound trainers has been forced to quit
after losing a planning battle with Yarmouth Borough Council.
Appleton, 44, has been given an ultimatum to remove the
last 17 dogs from his kennels on agricultural land in
Thrigby Road, Filby, by Saturday or face prosecution.
he said last night: "The council said I can't even
keep one. I am worried some of these last ones might have
to be put down because I am having trouble finding people
to take them."
spokesman Rosie Couch said Mr Appleton had been given
ample notice because a planning contravention notice had
been issued two years ago. The kennel building did not
have planning permission for any commercial activity.
said: "Action was taken after complaints in the village
about noise, and when council staff visited they were
concerned about the muddy conditions and pens that did
not appear to give cover."
Mr Appleton, a local builder who raced up to 60 dogs all
round the country until recently, claims he is not breaching
planning regulations because he is an amateur trainer
and the kennels should not be classed as a commercial
insisted there were no welfare issues because the kennels
were licensed by the National Greyhound Club and inspected
every six months.
have my dogs inspected by a vet every two weeks,"
added Mr Appleton, who raced at Yarmouth Stadium and was
attached to the new stadium in Coventry for a time.
council is just being bloody-minded, and I have never
had complaints from neighbours," he said.
Appleton, who owned most of the dogs himself, has passed
a lot on to other trainers, and some are now racing at
Crayford, in Kent.
he insists his greyhounds have been a hobby from which
he has never made a penny, he is also disputing a back
bill for £2500 in non-domestic rates presented to
him by the council.
father Tony, 61, from Fleggburgh, also races greyhounds
at Yarmouth, and has been told to cut his number of dogs
from 50 to 32, the number for which his premises are licensed.
Dowling, the council's head of planning, said they had
been concerned by the large number of greyhounds being
kept at the Filby kennels for several years.
said: "Extensive negotiations to bring the property
back into the permitted use have failed, indeed since
the planning contravention notice was issued, the activity
of keeping greyhounds has intensified."
enforcement officer Mathew Whitton said: "As a rule,
the keeping of no more than seven dogs for personal enjoyment
on residential property is considered incidental to the
enjoyment of a dwelling house, but in this instance the
land was not part of the owner's residential curtilage
and is in the council's opinion being used for commercial
Palmer, editor of Greyhound Monthly, said Carl Appleton
had been known nationally as a trainer. He confirmed there
were unlikely to be any welfare issues.
get muddy. They enjoy rolling about in the mud,"