West Suffolk Council has granted permission to a cat breeding operation nearly two years after it first started.

Applicants on Spring Farm in Thelnetham, near Diss, requested permission to retain use of two outdoor buildings to breed and sell cats in April.

The planning statement details that the cattery has been in use since July 2021 and describes the retrospective nature of the application as "regrettable".

The applicants added: "On account of the success of the business and the resultant intensification of the use, the applicants recognise the circumstances have now evolved and seek to ensure the necessary permission is in place."

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Now it has been approved by West Suffolk Council, the business owners seek to progress a licencing application.

The buildings provide accommodation to house approximately 13 cats with provision for indoor and outdoor exercise areas.

The business employs three members of staff and the operation concerns the breeding and sale of cats as opposed to boarding.