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New advice on planning and equine development published


The CLA (Country Land and Business Association), which represents more than 30,000 rural landowners across England and Wales, has published new expert guidance on planning law in relation to the keeping of horses and ponies.

Available to members to download from its website, the CLA Guidance Note will assist all horse owners, whether their focus is recreational or commercial. Planning rules in England and Wales are complex in this area, especially where a change of use of an existing structure is proposed, and the guidance is required reading for anyone looking to establish new stables, indoor or outdoor riding arenas, jumps, cross-country courses or lighting.

Designed to be relevant to individuals, as well as those running riding schools, livery and racing stables and stud farms, the CLA Guidance Note is a “one-stop shop” for planning and equine issues. The legal difference between grazing and keeping, mobile feed shelters, permitted development rights, concealed development, planning policy and the decision-making process, are among the many issues explored in detail.

Fenella Collins, Head of Planning at the CLA, said, “It is sometimes difficult to navigate the rules around planning and there are additional layers of complexity once horses and ponies are added to the equation. Whether development is being considered in relation to keeping horses for agricultural, commercial or recreational reasons, the guidance will be of huge assistance.”

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