PLANS for a dog grooming business close to Romsey could be given the green light by planning chiefs.

An application was submitted to Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) to build a shed in the applicant's garden, located in Tottehale Close, North Baddesley, where pooches can be pampered.

If approved, the business is aiming to groom four canines a day and would open at 9am and shut at 7pm from Monday to Saturday.

A document submitted to TVBC by the applicant states the shed will run with one dog groomer and the animals will be treated individually.

It stresses neighbours should not have to worry about being disturbed by noisy dogs because the shed will be insulated.

The shed will be "behind the garage block and is at the furthest point from the closest neighbour in Tottehale Close", the document states.

It adds: "A customer will drop off their dog and collect it about two hours later. Entrance to the grooming shed will be via the rear of the property through the existing gate, located on Sylvan Drive."

If given the go-ahead, customers should be able to park on Sylvan Drive to drop off their four-legged friends, with the applicant believing "there will not be any impact to neighbouring properties", as clients will not have to enter Tottehale Close.

Cllr Dorothy Baverstock, who represents Romsey Cupernham on TVBC, feels the plans should focus on limiting any potential noise, so neighbours are not disturbed.

She said: "I have got nothing against the plans, but there are lots of bits and pieces you have to consider here, for example the impact on neighbours.

"[The application] says a dog could be there for two hours, but what happens if the first dog is finished being treated, then another owner brings their dog in and they start barking at each other?"

TVBC are due to decide on the plans by Thursday, December 17.

This comes after proposals for a dog day care centre in Ridge Lane, Ower, were given the green light by planning chiefs.

It is believed the plans, submitted by Country Pooch, created six jobs after TVBC gave the nod to transform a barn and stables into a place for furry friends.