Q: I work for a rural authority covering a new town where much land owned by the Homes & Communities Agency is designated for development. In the meantime, these sites are advertised for rent as horse paddocks, involving "mobile" field shelters. Often these are not really mobile as they sit on a hardstanding, are not moved around the site, do not have tow hooks or are too large to move easily. The horses are kept for recreational purposes and given supplementary feed, particularly in winter. Is planning permission required for the shelters? Is permission for a change of use needed to keep recreational horses on agricultural land? JP

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