Change of Use creates new stables


Planning & Design Practice Ltd are delighted to announce the planning permission for the erection of a new stables and formation of a menage on a site at Coxbench, Derbyshire. The new stables will replace an old agricultural building and will allow the client ample space for horses and horse-riding facilities.

The site is located within the Green Belt and the surrounding land is rural in character. This presented a challenge with regards to the planning application, as generally development in the Green Belt is discouraged, regardless of size or use. This meant that careful consideration was given to ensure that the design, layout and building materials used for the stables was in keeping with the character of the Green Belt and surrounding area.

Proposed elevations of the new stables

The timber material for the stables was chosen to incorporate a natural, sustainable feel to the building which also fits well within the surrounding landscape. The setting of the stables towards the corner of the site also allowed us to obtain planning permission through ‘preserving the openness of the Green Belt’ which is a key policy to conform to when applying for planning permission in the Green Belt.

The keeping of horses is an activity which is not unusual within rural areas. Paragraph 149 of the National Planning Policy Framework sets out what exceptions there are regarding the construction of new buildings. These exceptions include those in relation to outdoor recreation. Therefore, the proposals were policy compliant in this regard.

Planning & Design Practice Ltd is a multi-disciplinary team of Chartered Town Planners, Architects, Architectural Assistants and Heritage Specialists. Gaining planning permission is a key step in almost any development. We can take a project through from inception to completion, but we also offer the flexibility to engage a client’s own architects and provide a planning service, whilst our design team can also work with clients who have engaged other town planning professionals.

Planning & Design Practice Ltd are well versed in researching and understanding local Council’s policies to ensure the best possible case if put forward for our clients.

For a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01332 347371 or

Alfie Keelin, Planning Assistant, Planning & Design Practice Ltd

Shaun Hyde, Planner, Planning & Design Practice Ltd

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Linkdin
Share on Pinterest