Green light for new stables at Longham
A NEW stable block at a site in Longham where existing stables have been converted into holiday accommodation has been approved by East Dorset District Council.
Members of the planning committee were told that Beacon Stables in Pompeys Lane had an extensive and complicated planning history and has seen a number of buildings constructed since 1980, when the Green Belt was designated.
New buildings and extensions amounted to 692 square metres, and the new stable extension will add a further 64 square metres on top of the original 508 square metres.
The total increase of 48.8 per cent, and within the 50 per cent limit allowed in the Green Belt.
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The applicants’ agent had confirmed that the proposed stables were to cater for horses already being cared for at Beacon Farm, and no additional traffic movements were expected.
The site for the extension was far enough away from nearby dwellings in Glissons to prevent any adverse impact on their occupants, and as no additional vehicle movements were expected, no adverse impact on these residents was likely.
Planning officers concluded: “The extension would be seen in the context of the other buildings at the site and have little impact on the countryside accordingly, given its low height and modest footprint.
"The proposal represents a small scale development which is ancillary to an outdoor recreational use and would not damage the rural character of the countryside."
There were no neighbour comments for or against the proposal by Mrs J and D Tilley and Shackleton to extend a stable block with five more stables, and the application was approved without comment from members.
But Ferndown Town Council objected on the grounds of its location within the Green Belt.
Parish councillors John Baxter said: "We feel there is already enough development at this property, where stables converted to holiday lets seems to indicate a lack of demand for stabling."