Securing stable improvements – Planning permission for new equestrian school

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Planning & Design Practice recently gained planning permission for the demolition of a modern agricultural building and the construction of a menage/ outdoor equestrian school with associated stable facilities.

The site is located to the west of a complex of barn conversion dwellings, off Park Lane approximately 1 mile to the south of Rodsley village in open countryside. The operations on site were confined within the building, as a number of stables and a menage were inside it. The purpose of the proposals was to open up the views to the south from the dwelling house which is currently blocked by the modern agricultural building.

The removal of the large, modern ‘agricultural’ building was considered a significant improvement to the character and appearance of the area as this would enhance views of the site from areas overlooking the site and for the applicants views looking out. The application proposed to retain and extend the menage, and to facilitate for the keeping of horses, it was proposed to erect a new stable building to the west of the menage on an area which is currently hardstanding. The stable building for the new equestrian school will be roughly formed in two L-shaped sections linked with a roof.

The Council approved the application, considering that the proposed new stable block, that is of similar design and materials to the building being removed, will not have any negative impact on the context of the grouping and layout of the farm buildings to the east of the application site.

Obtaining planning permission can provide you with the dream home or business in the countryside, or the way of life you have always dreamt of. It can also bring about significant gains and help to maximise the value of your rural property. However, development in the countryside is subject to strict planning controls which can make obtaining planning permission very difficult.

Despite what is often thought about the limitations of rural planning policy, there are many routes homeowners, landowners and farmers in rural areas can take in order to secure new development. We have vast experience of working on rural projects including equestrian development, barn conversions and tourist accommodation. If you are looking to secure planning permission for a change of use on a property or business please call us on 01332 347371 . We provide an initial no obligation consultation and can help you make the right decision.

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