New Hartlepool riding school hoped to become 'valuable community asset' after winning green light

The plan was given the go-ahead by council bosses.
The plan was given the go-ahead by council bosses.

A new riding school is to open up on the outskirts of Hartlepool after plans were given the green light by council bosses.

Plans were submitted earlier this year by Samantha Deer to convert agricultural land at Four Acres Farm in Dalton Piercy into a riding school.

Hartlepool Borough Council planning department recently gave the go ahead for the plans which will ‘hopefully become a valuable asset to the community’ according to the applicant.

A statement of proposal from Ms Deer, a qualified and registered horse riding instructor, said in the future she is looking to set up the riding school for around five people, and also offer sessions with ponies.

She said: “I plan to coach young people and adults in both the theory and practical side of horse care.

“I plan to run the riding school with a maximum of 5 ponies/horses. Mainly focusing on private/semi private lessons, which will be specifically focused on each individual rider.

“During the school holidays I plan to run pony days, where young people could come and spend the day with the ponies/horse and learn the care that goes with them I hope this will become a valuable asset to the community.

“It’s a great way to meet new friends who have the same interest.”

She also said she hopes the lessons would help improve people’s ‘mental and physical well-being’.

The site is already used to keep horses and has a stable yard, hay barn and arena which have been up and used for over 27 years.

The premises includes four acres of land and the maximum amount of cars expected at any one time would be 5.

Ms Deer also said she does not expect the plans to cause any traffic disruption as show would be working on a 1 to 1 or 1 to 2 basis, so there would not be a high volume of traffic using the lane to the site.

Council public protection bosses said it must be ensured there is adequate facilities in place to dispose of horse manure, but had no objection to the plans.