Controversial plans for a South Oxfordshire dog park have been approved following allegations of "animosity", "dog waste" and "noise disturbance".

An emotional Simon Herbert spoke at the council planning meeting on Wednesday where he outlined his defence against accusations levied at the Kidmore End application.

Mr Herbert said after the meeting: "It was the most nerve-wracking thing I've done in my life.

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"Thank god the council, who have been round to my land so many times, approved the application."

The proposal in question was regarding retrospective planning permission for change of use of three areas of land for dog walking including associated benches/tables and shelters, change of use of an area as a dog adventure park and change of use of an existing outbuilding for dog day care and a dog grooming service.

Oxford Mail: The development utilises three areas of woodland for dog walking.The development utilises three areas of woodland for dog walking. (Image: South Oxfordshire District Council)

Nine councillors voted to approve the application, despite concerns expressed by Kidmore End parish council. Kidmore End is located between Goring and Henley in south Oxfordshire. 

A speaker said the development had resulted in a "commercial and industrial site" with "little-no consideration for neighbours".

There was also reference to the development being inappropriate in its 'area of astounding natural beauty' and claims it would increase surrounding traffic.

Objector Camilla Skinner added: "The incessant barking both day and into the night affects everyone including those that work from home, being more prevalent in the summer and spring months."

Oxford Mail: The site measures approximately 4.5 hectares.The site measures approximately 4.5 hectares. (Image: South Oxfordshire District Council)

But planning officer Jeremy Peter said he "didn't feel there was any substance to the allegations" in relation to 'noise' and 'aggressive dogs' and that highways officers were happy with what they had seen.

Mr Peter said Mr Herbert was ready to accept conditions outlined such as regarding details of fencing on site.

He added he had given "considerable consideration" to noise and allegations of aggressive dogs but that environmental health colleagues did not feel there were any issues. 

Councillor Gawrysiak concluded at the meeting: "We have listened to all of the speakers on this particular application.

"There is nothing in planning terms we can do to refuse this application.

Oxford Mail: Councillor Gawrysiak.Councillor Gawrysiak. (Image: South Oxfordshire District Council.)

"I would just hope that the neighbours get together if they possibly can and talk."

There had been apprehension from objectors regarding whether the applicant would honour required conditions and standards but committee members were reminded that: "If there were to be any breach of conditions that would be a separate matter that we would consider."

Mr Herbert said following the verdict: "I feel relieved not just for me but for my daughter."

He alleged his being a "working class person" had factored into some of the contention.

Plans will encompass the 4.5 hectare (11 acre) site and permit a maximum of 20 dogs at one time.