Equestrian centre bid

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MAJOR plans to transform agricultural land into an equestrian centre are set to be discussed by planning chiefs.

Terence Bates has submitted a planning application to Hartlepool Borough Council to build a stable block, tack room, store and car park at land on Brierton Moorhouse Farm.

The land, off Dalton Back Lane, in Hartlepool, is currently used as agricultural land but the plan is to develop an “equestrian enterprise” on the site.

If approved the stable block would accommodate 22 stables and the car park would have space for 27 cars.

Councillors sitting on the council’s planning committee, which is chaired by Labour councillor Rob Cook, are set to meet next week to discuss the plans.

A report to the meeting said: “Full planning permission is sought for the erection of a stable block accommodating 22 stables, a tack room and store also accommodating two disabled toilets, a manager’s caravan and associated car parking for 27 cars.

“To the west of the stable block a schooling arena and equestrian arena are also proposed.

The applicant has stated that it is the intention to develop an equestrian enterprise on the site.

The report to councillors added: “The model has developed over the course of the application however it is understood that this will provide full time livery for customers in 12 of the stables with 10 of the stables used for horse schooling/racehorse rehabilitation with the balance, when not in use for the above, occupied by the applicant’s own racehorses or horses.”

In recent years there has been several planning applications for land at Brierton Moorhouse Farm, which is a group of fields in open countryside on the west side of Dalton Back Lane.

The applicant owns land to the west where permission was recently granted for a caravan and camping site with amenity buildings while the applicant also owns a building and land to the east where planning permission has been granted for a craft workshop and furniture work shop.

The plans have been subject to the usual rounds of consultation and both Greatham Parish Council and Dalton Parish Council have objected over traffic problems and questioned the need for another livery business in that part of town.

Dalton Parish Council say they remain concerned at the “plethora” of planning applications made for the address over the last few years.

The Environment Agency, Tees Archaeology and Natural England did not object while the council’s parks and countryside, landscape and conservation and traffic and transportation departments did not raise any objections.

The planning committee is due to meet on Wednesday, January 9, at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road, at 10am.