Saturday, 17 August 2013

'Wolf man' Shaun Ellis fears destruction of his 'family'

A Devon man fears that failure to gain planning permission for a wolf reserve could mean the death of his pack.

Shaun Ellis set up the Combe Martin centre with seven wolves and seven hybrids (wolf-dog cross) in 2010.

He withdrew his planning application to North Devon District Council after the authority recommended refusal "for a number of reasons".

Mr Ellis said if he could not find a new location or re-home the animals, they would have to be put down.

Planning breach

Mr Ellis said when he first set up the reserve a council enforcement officer visited the site and concluded it did not need planning consent.

But he said after further works were undertaken, the council said planning controls had been breached and he was told to submit a retrospective application.

A report to the planning committee recommended refusal because the site lay within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It also cited noise and traffic issues.

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