Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

Equine Development

12.71 By its nature equestrian development requires a countryside location but the cumulative impact of development can have an adverse impact on the rural character of the area. New buildings can adversely affect landscape character and natural beauty where they detract from existing characteristics e.g. due to scale or materials or design. Therefore it is important to consider the current character of the countryside and how equine development can ultimately impact upon it. Consideration for such proposals should have regard to such aspects as:

  • Whether the site is located within or adjacent to an existing settlement;
  • It should avoid exposed skyline locations;
  • It should avoid the loss of existing vegetation;
  • The existing landform and vegetation should be utilised to integrate development with the surrounding landscape;
  • Vernacular design and building hierarchy must be respected;
  • Materials that blend with the surrounding landscape should be considered. Bright finishes and unsuitable materials should be avoided;
  • New native planting can help to integrate buildings with their surroundings;
  • The proposals should be close to the bridleway network; and
  • Conflict could arise between road users due to horse transportation, deliveries and horses using narrow lanes.
Policy EQ8: Equine Development

Horse related facilities and equestrian enterprises in the countryside will be permitted provided:

  • New stables/field shelters closely relate to existing settlements or groups of buildings and should not interfere with the amenities of the adjoining residents;
  • Their design, scale, siting and materials respect the landscape character of the locality;
  • Development will not be allowed to proceed unless it can be demonstrated that it will not result in any adverse impact to the integrity of national and international wildlife and landscape designations, including features outside the sites boundaries that ecologically support the conservation objectives of designated sites;
  • Any proposal for equestrian development including apparatus, jumps, maneges, schooling areas and field sub division should respect or enhance the characteristic pattern and features of the surrounding landscape.

Proposals for larger scale private or commercial enterprises should not be unacceptably harmful to highway safety. This should be demonstrated by means of a traffic impact assessment.


12.72 The following delivery bodies will be key in implementing Policy EQ8:

  • South Somerset District Council.
Monitoring Indicators Target
Changes in areas of biodiversity importance There should be no net losses of biodiversity habitat areas due to development
Number of planning applications for equine development Assessment of the potential cumulative harm to landscape character