Planning Permission for Stables

Obtaining planning permission can notoriously be a long winded affair  and a huge block in achieving your dream stables. Find out more about planning permission for stables as well as our top tips below.

When do you need planning permission?

  • If you are constructing a new building on your property
  • Adding an extension to an existing building
  • Any form of groundworks.
  • Changing the use of a building (e.g. from agricultural use to stables)
  • Changing the use of the land from agricultural to equestrian use

Why do you need planning permission?

Planning permission helps to ensure the new building is not an inconvenience to neighbours or the local community. It also ensures the building is safe too. The local council will assess the plans for the building and look at any potential issues regarding appearance, use and position.

You may need to obtain a traffic report to ensure the local infrastructure can cope with any extra traffic demands, an ecological report to protect endangered species, landscape visual assessment, flood risk assessment and so on.  

What equestrian facilities do I need planning permission for?

Planning permission is required for permanent stables and field shelters, horse walkers, arenas (both outdoor and indoor), concrete hardstanding and new roads and accesses. It is advisable to contact Equus for advice if you are unsure.

The level of difficulty in gaining a successful planning permission will very much depend on location, if the property is in a conservation area, an AONB, metropolitan area and so on. Other questions that will need to be answered will be things like: how much traffic will the new development cause, will the new development be Private or Commercial.

What does not require planning permission?

Temporary stables and field shelters (on skids) do not. To qualify as a temporary building, it must:

  • Be moved every 28 days (even if it’s minimal movement)
  • Be less than 100m2
  • Take up less than 25% your land
  • Be at minimum 5m from the boundaries of your land

Top Tips for obtaining planning permission.

  1. Get organised – working with an external company who has experience is recommended. This can be a lengthy process depending on the complexity and size of the project, so making sure all documents are in order is beneficial.
  2. Communicate – discussing plans with neighbours makes them less likely to reject them may be beneficial for your project. It is also advisable to iron out any concerns with neighbours in the early stages.
  3. Work with your planning officer – this is something that an external company can support with too.
  4. Be flexible – do not have your heart set on one design, plans can change so it’s advisable to be open to other people’s point of view and idea.
  5. Apply for more – always apply for more than you would like. It’s better to have to cut down and have room to do this.
  6. Consider site access – not just for logistics during the build but also if you are planning to operate a livery yard, can they easily access the stables?

Asking specialist equestrian design companies for support and help is also a great idea – you can never have too much knowledge! Remember that all planning permission is at your local council’s discretion and may differ from council to council. Working with a specialist equestrian construction company can ensure that everything is completed, and all documents are accounted for – including application forms, location plans and elevation drawings.

Please get in contact with us today to discuss any future plans you might have.

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