Dog grooming academy plan approved for former Market Drayton bank

A former Market Drayton town centre bank is to be turned into a state-of-the-art academy for dog groomers and other pet professionals under plans approved by Shropshire Council.

The Four Paws Groom School will open its doors at the vacant HSBC premises in Cheshire Street later this year, after its application for change of use of the building was given the green light.

The training academy, which offers qualifications by the national iPET Network, will be based on the ground floor while business offices will be located on the first and second floors.

Sarah Mackay and Fern Gresty, who also run Four Paws Groom Schools in Cheshire and Kent, said: “We are delighted that Shropshire Council has approved our plans.

“Now it is all systems go to open our latest venture, which will represent an expansion into the Midlands for our business.

“We are so passionate about offering training for dog groomers and pet professionals, we have been working in the industry for many years, and this is our way of helping the trades we love level-up, and giving something back.”

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As well as qualifications for professionals, Four Paws Groom School will also offer pet first aid courses, and a one-day ‘groom your own dog’ course for pet owners.

Fern and Sarah added: “We believe that the more people who know these skills the better, and it will ensure that we have a nation of healthy and happy pets.”

The application to convert the bank, which closed in January 2016, was supported by Market Drayton Town Council and there were no public objections.

A report by planning officer Alison Lloyd said: “The property is located within the main commercial area of Market Drayton, falling within the town centre and primary shopping designated areas.

“The proposal would add to the mixed uses in the local community and will also provide employment to the local area creating a number of jobs.

“The proposal will also assist in improving the diversity and vitality of Market Drayton.

“The proposal will serve local needs and the wider service and employment needs of the communities within Market Drayton, which is identified as a principal centre under planning policy.”

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