Veterinary practice expansion looks set for approval
A veterinary practice is set to expand its base under new plans submitted to Sunderland City Council (SCC).
The authority’s area development control sub-committee will discuss plans for the Vets4Pets business in Blue House Lane, Washington.
Proposals include a ‘change of use’ for an adjoining bungalow which covers a roof replacement, demolishing external garages and joining the two buildings with a linking extension.
Applicant Mindaugas Sileris aims to use the bungalow as a main entrance for clients with the existing practice only being accessible for staff and deliveries, a report states.
It adds the expansion plans aim to help the business deal with demand alongside an 11-space car park catering for visitors and staff parking off-site.
During consultation, four comments were received from neighbours in Baltimore Court – to the rear of the site – raising concerns about loss of garage space.
This includes the loss of the 3.5-metre-high boundary and the potential of gardens being damaged during demolition and construction.
In response to these concerns, planning officers have recommended that a 2.4-metre-high boundary fence is created at the rear of the building alongside changes to car parking layout and a new drainage scheme.
The plans are recommended for approval with a final decision expected at Sunderland Civic Centre next week subject to conditions.
This includes the veterinary practice opening between 8am -7.30pm on weekdays (with no consultations after 6.30pm), 8am-5pm on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.
A further condition also says only 11 staff working at the premises at any one time in the interests of nearby residents and highway safety.
A report concludes: “It’s considered that the concerns raised with regards residential amenity and highway safety have been satisfactorily addressed and consequently, there are considered to be no material grounds to warrant a refusal of planning permission.”
The meeting stgarts at 5.45pm on Tuesday and for more information, visit: www.sunderland.gov.uk
Chris Binding , Local Democracy Reporting Service