Our client came to us when they needed help to submit a part retrospective planning application on their site in Peterborough. The site has been used for many years as a family run business.
The application submitted was to regularise development and change of use on the site. The site contains two stable blocks, two enclosed arenas (one of which is used as a school) and a number of pastures and paddocks. One of the stable blocks/agricultural buildings has been on the site for a number of years
The council expressed some concern over the drainage situation of the site, but Planning Direct were able to assess the site and prepare a supplementary Surface Water Strategy Statement to accompany the planning application. In a letter sent to the applicant, the Council expressed concerns that the development represented
“recreation/leisure use in the open countryside (without demonstrating the new use is essential to the effective operation of local agriculture, horticulture, forestry, outdoor recreation”
which they argued is contrary to one of their planning policies.
Often, Council policies can be flawed and applied rigidly, without consideration, but Planning Direct put forward the question – where would equestrian use be appropriate if not in the countryside?
A strong planning statement was presented, highlighting all the merits of the site and how they complied with the council’s policies. The council granted planning permission.
The clients were very pleased with the outcome and it enabled them to retain the work on the site.