Stable and storage block excessive in green belt location

The erection of eight stables along with a feed and tack store in the Surrey green belt was held by an inspector not to involve an appropriate facility for outdoor sport and recreation.

Paragraph 89 of the NPPF supported the provision of a new building in a green belt provided it provided appropriate facilities relating to outdoor sport and recreation and provided it maintained openness and the purposes behind the designation. The stables generally met the appropriate size standards as set down by the British Horse Society although two foaling stables appeared to be excessively large. The inspector also concluded that stabling eight horses on the land could not be sustained without significant supplemental feeding given the poor quality of the pasture, with part of it subject to flooding. This would lead to an excessively intensive use of the land not directly related to the open recreational and sporting use. The food and tack store, amounting to approximately one third of the floor area also seemed excessive. In his opinion, the facilities could be accommodated in a smaller building commensurate with the grazing area available which would have a lesser impact, such that overall it did not involve an appropriate form of development. The harm to the character and appearance of the area added to his decision to dismiss the appeal.

Inspector: Kenneth Stone; Written representations

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