• John Ryan
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  • John Ryan

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With our experience we are available to help you with your planning application.

If you are considering building a stable, stable block or manège for either personal or business use, you will need to get planning permission from your local planning authority.

Planning permission is required for any permanent equestrian construction including stables, a permanent field shelter, or an arena. Planning is managed by government and local planning authorities with the primary aim of guiding and managing how towns, cities and the countryside are used and developed. Planning permission covers the use of land and buildings, the design and look of buildings, as well as access to them and the impact on the local environment. In addition, planning legislation exists to ensure any buildings and constructions are safe and comply with all associated regulations.

The specific law that applies to the planning regime in England and Wales is the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. Under the Act planning permission is required for ‘any development on land’ which includes the ‘carrying out of building, engineering, mining or other operations, in, on, over or under the land or the making of any material change in the use of any buildings or land’. In some circumstances, deemed planning permission is granted under the provisions of the General Permitted Development Order.

Planning laws must therefore be considered by all equestrian land owners whether you are simply keeping horses/ponies in a field or you are looking to develop your equine facilities.

Top tips for securing planning permission

 
Enter into early dialogue with the local planning authority.
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Remember to plan well in advance. The planning application process may take longer than you think. The statutory deadline for determining an application is 8 weeks (13 weeks for major developments).
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Speak with any neighbours that may be affected by the proposals. Early engagement may prevent objections, and do demonstrate where any concessions have been made to accommodate their concerns in your final application.
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Be flexible with your design and location. Making amendments to the design or location may be the difference between obtaining consent and having an application refused.
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Consider using professionals to assist with the application – e.g. experienced architects and planning consultants.
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Be aware of the costs involved – planning application fees are based on the size of the floorspace of a structure, whether a stable or manège.
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Emphasise the benefits of your proposal – such as if the new facility brings job creation for the local community, if and how it is supporting the local economy, is fulfilling a local need, and particularly if the construction itself will use any local businesses when it is being built and also when completed.
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