The Kennel Club has created guidance to help builders, councils and architects design dog-friendly housing developments for the future.

The Kennel Club has created guidance to help builders, councils and architects design dog-friendly housing developments for the future.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary and communications director, Bruce Collinson from Whitehill & Bordon Eco-Town, Jo Hale from Hampshire County Council and Stephen Jenkinson, Kennel Club access advisor.The Planning for Dog Ownership in New Developments document was created by Kennel Club access advisor Stephen Jenkinson, along with project partners from the Whitehill & Bordon eco-town project and Hampshire County Council.

It has also received a glowing endorsement from dog owner and Grand Desgns presenter Kevin McCloud.

Speaking before the guide’s launch at Crufts on March 8, 2013, the Channel 4 presenter 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.”

The Planning for Dog Ownership guide is aimed at planners and builders at the first stage in new build design. It includes sections on understanding the needs of dog owners, house and garden design, as well as green space planning and management of dog fouling.

Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: “With a dog in more than 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’ green space needs is in everybody’s best interests.”        

The guidance can be downloaded at www.dogfriendlyhousing.org.uk

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