Horse paraphernalia intrusive in ancient monument setting

A proposed equestrian centre on forty acres of open agricultural pasture at the foot of two Hampshire hill fort ancient monuments failed to win the support of an inspector

The inspector recorded that the appeal site formed part of a broad, sweeping open setting to the hillforts, which exposed their immense earthworks and striking scale in the landscape. He considered the equestrian use, and in particular the inevitable supporting infrastructure such as field shelters, stables and fencing which would follow, albeit indicated to be moveable, and in such close proximity to the hillforts would be insensitive to this important setting for heritage assets of the highest significance. He found conflict with NPPF paragraph 193 and dismissed the appeal, according little weight to claimed public benefit that use for horses would be less disturbing to archaeology than farming and a fallback of agricultural development permitted development rights for permanent farm buildings would cause more harm.

Inspector: Patrick Whelan; Written representations

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