News has just been announced that the Persimmons venture into the world of equine facilities development has been Refused at Canvey Island’s Dutch Village.
The proposal was to develop stables for 3 horses on an area of 16.3 hectares of Green Belt land.
The site is Green Belt and Persimmon’s hoped to gain a Change of Use of the Land.
Castle Point Council’s delegated officer Report informed:
The Persimmons proposal was: Erection of stable block with adjoining hay storage/tack room and associated landscaping, formation of access track together with the change of use of land
Officers Reasons for Refusal were:
1 The proposed development is situated within an area of Green Belt as defined in the Council’s Adopted Local Plan where inappropriate development is only permitted in very special circumstances. The proposal, by reason of the provision of a new building, fencing and area of hardstanding, would not preserve the openness of the Green Belt and is therefore considered to constitute inappropriate development. No very special circumstances to outweigh the harm to the Green Belt by reason of inappropriateness, and any other harm, have been demonstrated and the proposed development is therefore contrary to government guidance as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.
2 The proposal seeks to provide a stable facility within Flood Zone 3, an area identified at risk of flooding, and is not accompanied by a site-specific Flood Risk Assessment or evidence that it meets the requirements of the sequential test. The proposal is therefore contrary to government guidance contained within the National Planning Policy Framework and Planing (sic) Practice Guidance.