Project Description

On behalf of private clients De Pol secured planning permission for the construction of equestrian facilities on greenfield land in the Cheshire countryside.

Our client was eager to move to a large detached property which was for sale in the Cheshire countryside, but the premises did not have any equestrian facilities.

Following an assessment of our client’s aspirations, we were able to secure planning permission for the erection of a brick stable building comprising 8 stables, wash bay, solarium, machinery store, tack room, feed room, additional storage facilities and an open fenced holding pen, with fenced courtyard and horse walker.

Permission was also secured for the development of a flood lit Olympic sized horse riding and show-jumping arena for private recreational use. It was essential that the facilities were commensurate with championship show-jumping standards to enable our clients’ daughter to train for national competitions.

The development was to be sited on agricultural land adjacent to the dwelling and so the application also involved a change of use of the land to allow equestrian use and grazing.

When submitting the planning application to Cheshire East Council, De Pol had to present a case to justify the development in terms of the principle of developing within this sensitive open countryside location. We also had to justify the scale, siting and design of the stables. As the development site was potentially sited on an old Roman road it was also necessary to ensure that, prior to construction, any archaeological findings were appropriately identified, recorded and reported.

De Pol handled the application through to determination and formal approval was secured from the Council in time for the building work to commence prior to our clients moving into the property. De Pol subsequently discharged all relevant conditions relating to arena lighting and archaeological investigation work, enabling the stables to be completed.