There are plans to rebuild a dog placement center and kennel after it suddenly closed almost two years ago.
An urban planning application has been submitted by the St Francis Dogs Home for the demolition of the current site and the construction of an office, staff quarters, 12 kennels and a dog day care center in Porth, Newquay.
St Francis Dogs Home is a dog rescue and placement center for dogs and puppies who need a home forever. In the absence of their own loving family, the St Francis team aims to feed every animal and find them a new one.
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After suddenly closing in January 2020, St Francis Dogs Home confirmed this week that Cornwall Council has validated its planning request for the construction of a brand new ‘state of the art’ facility.
St Francis Dogs Home addressed the “rumors and speculation” surrounding its sudden closure almost two years ago.
The charity was founded by a group of animal enthusiasts in 1955 and has rehoused dogs from a variety of backgrounds, including stray dogs from guardians and pets that can no longer be cared for.
The closure means five staff at the center, which welcomes 100 dogs each year, have lost their jobs.
A spokesperson for St Francis Dogs Home said at the time: âAll of the directors support the decision to close St Francis Dogs Home. This includes two directors, one director who has been with the association for over 30 years and another who is one of the original directors and both of whom worked closely with our founder Nancy Bates. This was a very difficult decision for all directors to make, but it was necessary to safeguard the future of the ‘association.
Based in Porth, Newquay, the validation of the new planning request for a purpose-built facility will preserve the future of St Francis Dogs Home for many years to come, he said, and allow the team to continue to ensure the well-being of dogs.
This is the first step and a full building permit is currently being considered by the Council.
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St Francis Dogs Home said the plans were “exciting” and that they incorporate rebuilding the house so that it can raise animal welfare standards while serving dogs and their owners across Cornwall and across the country. -of the.
The plans include the demolition of the existing kennels and all ancillary structures, which will be replaced by a new purpose-built relocation building, and are part of an ambitious new strategy for St Francis Dogs Home.
Over the past few months, St Francis Dogs Home has worked with leading specialist architectural firm, Veterinary Architects, to bring these plans to life.
Veterinary Architects have experience in developing facilities that put animal care first and the resulting plans echo St Francis Dogs Home’s commitment to putting dogs at the heart of everything he does.
The new building will include an office and staff facilities as well as 12 kennels, while the existing barn in the training hall will be transformed into a dog day care center. He explained that the new site was designed to separate rescue dogs and dog day care to ensure the highest welfare standards.
The most recent existing kennels, a block of six near the bottom of the site, are reused in the plans. In addition, the hard core of demolished areas is reused in the foundation and there are many other environmental aspects in the design and operation of new buildings. All this for environmental reasons.
A spokesperson for the Charity Trustee Board said: âThis is another incredibly exciting step in our journey towards the transformation of St Francis Dogs Home and we are delighted that Cornwall Council has validated our plans. Much hard work has gone into developing these plans and we are committed to creating the best possible facilities for the dogs in our care.
âThe sustainability of the charity has been a priority throughout the planning process, which means we have explored new ideas and different ways of working at each step. St Francis Dogs Home is committed to putting dogs at the heart of everything we do and the new facility is just one part of it.
âWe are committed to raising the standards of dog welfare at all levels, including working with specialist behaviorists, which means we can continue to make a lasting difference in the lives of dogs.
âUltimately, the final plans offer an exciting glimpse into the future of St Francis Dogs Home, and we look forward to construction starting on the new facilities.
âCornwall Council’s validation of the plans means we are getting closer and closer to seeing the transformation of St Francis Dogs Home come to fruition and reopening our doors to help dogs across Cornwall. “
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