Vet plans are turned down

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Plans for a branch of a veterinary clinic in Bushmills have been refused by Planners on the grounds that the application would have a “detrimental impact” on the village.

Plans by Mr Liam McCullough for lands to the rear of 130 Main Street attracted one letter of objection and one petition of objection.

The plan was to change a storage shed into a small animal branch veterinary clinic for an existing vet’s practice.

Planners refused the scheme because it would have a “detrimental impact on the visual amenity of Bushmills Conservation Area and the setting of Listed Buildings”.

Addressing last Monday’s meeting of Moyle District Council, a Planning representative told members that the objections were based on noise, smell, access and car parking.

Cllr David McAllister asked for an office meeting and told members that the scheme was for a small vet’s branch which would not be dealing with animals such as horses or cows.

It was agreed to hold an office meeting to discuss the matter and also a related application for an advertisement sign for the business.