Crufts, the world’s greatest dog event, today (Friday 8th March) saw the launch of the UK’s first guidance to help house builders, local councils and architects design dog-friendly housing developments.
The publication is a partnership project between the Kennel Club, Whitehill & Bordon Eco-town and Hampshire County Council, and is endorsed by Kevin McCloud, dog owner and presenter of the Channel 4 television series Grand Designs.
Kevin McCloud said: “Man’s best friend isn’t always treated as such, but this project is an excellent example of joined-up thinking for both human and hound.”
Planning for Dog Ownership in New Developments was written by Kennel Club Access Advisor, Stephen Jenkinson, and shows how good design can support the benefits of dog ownership, while also reducing any conflicts with neighbours, wildlife and local farmers.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “With a dog in over a quarter of all family homes, it’s vital that planners, builders and architects design out needless conflict from the start.
“We are very proud of how this innovative project shows local councils that understanding and accommodating dog owners’ greenspace needs is in everybody’s best interests.”
Bruce Collinson, Sustainability Lead for the Whitehill & Bordon Eco-town project said: “The future growth and regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to plan sustainability for every aspect of development.
“This guidance forms an important element of our vision to deliver sustainable development by providing the best possible information to planners and house builders at the earliest stage in the planning process. I am delighted that we have been able to contribute to this very useful document.”
Councillor Keith Chapman, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, added: “Hampshire County Council’s Countryside Service have been successfully working in partnership with the Kennel Club and others since 2005, carrying out research on dog walkers and producing guidance to assist public and private land owners and land managers in minimising the impact of dogs in the countryside.
“This has been a positive approach which recognises the benefits of walking with dogs and that dog walkers are regular users and supporters of our Countryside Service. This latest guidance is another example of a jointly funded and supported project involving Hampshire County Council, the Kennel Club, Whitehill & Bordon Eco-town and East Hampshire District Council.”
The guidance can be downloaded at www.dogfriendlyhousing.org.uk, and further information on the Kennel Club’s campaigns for fairer access for dogs and their owners can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/access.
For free downloadable images from Crufts 2013, visit http://www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2013/.
8th March 2013