RESIDENTS have objected to plans for new kennels for dog breeding in the southwest of the county.

The planning application is for a proposed single storey building for dog breeding in the village of Marstow, near to Whitchurch.

Mr L Hancock has submitted the application within a cottage's residential curtilage and proposed 18 kennels with outdoor areas.

So far there have been 14 objections from members of the public.

Goodrich and Welsh Bicknor Parish Council has also objected as they said the building is too big for the site.

Councillors are also concerned about insufficient parking and turning within the site adding: "The number of kennels, if used for breeding bitches could result in hundreds of additional vehicles attending the site."

They said the access onto the main highway has limited visibility due to the brow of the hill, steep banks, and high hedges in both directions.

A resident called L Gibbs objected and said not enough information has been provided by the applicant.

While Sheryl Netley objected on a number of grounds including that the site is adjacent to the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

She added: "This development will have a considerable visual and environmental impact, especially in respect of existing local businesses dependent on tourism.

"The increase in traffic, noise nuisance and other associated disturbance will affect the lives of local residents, and the nature of the business will have an adverse effect on the character of the neighbourhood."

Herefordshire Council is yet to make a decision on the application.