Mayfield dog groomer given weekend work go-ahead by neighbours

A dog groomer who installed a special pamper pod in her garden has been given the go ahead to welcome weekend clients after neighbours gave her the thumbs up.

Friday, 23rd July 2021, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 26th July 2021, 9:01 am
Pictured above is a photo issued with the plans, which is not the new business' pod but Louise Cameron's Pawfectly Pampered pod, a separate business.

Susan Gibson was given planning permission to open her pet parlour in the garden of her home in Mayfield earlier this year, however planners restricted business hours to Monday to Friday.

Now the self-employed groomer has been told she can open at weekends after Midlothian Council received letters of support for the business.

Applying for permission to operate on Saturdays, Ms Gibson’s agents told planners: “Some customers can’t manage to have their dogs treated due to work commitments and require the flexibility offered by opening on a Saturday.

“Due to family commitments the applicant can only work four week days per week and financially needs to work on a Saturday to make the business viable.

“There will be no holding facilities and it will be made clear to owners that dog minding prior or after each appointment is not provided.”

The business was given weekday approval to operate by planners on the condition only one dog would be on the premises at a time with a maximum five a day.

Planning officers said the same numbers on Saturdays would mean impact on neighbours would be minimal. They said: “There may be some barking when dogs are being groomed, however due to the numbers of dogs using the business daily this is not considered to be significantly different from owning dogs as pets.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

A report to planners revealed that Ms Gibson’s neighbours had been supportive of her welcoming dogs to her home on Saturdays and they ruled that it would be no more disruptive than having a family pet next door.