Quality Mobile Field Shelters and Stables to Suit Any Budget

Prime Stables have rapidly become regarded by many as one of the UK’s top innovators of Field Shelters, Mobile Field Shelters for horses and Mobile Stables in the UK. Often copied, our designs and insights into equestrian buildings are second to none, which is why we are one of the leading companies currently working in this area. We are based in Sussex and Surrey, and have mobile field shelters and stables to suit any budget. We can deliver and install nationwide throughout the UK. We never scrimp on quality and all our designs use the best timber, roofing, flooring and fittings to ensure an enduring shelter for your horses.

Mobile Field Shelters

We have a wide range of budget mobile field shelters for horses available, and can deliver and install nationwide. There are many advantages to owning a mobile field shelter.  Your shelter can be towed from field to field, thus reducing the need for a field shelter in every paddock.

Mobile field shelters do not need planning permission, as they are classed as equipment rather than buildings.    They can be fully adaptable, and contain tack rooms and all the equipment you need to take care of your horses, but have the added bonus of being mobile. We offer conversion kits that can be bolted into a 2.1-metre opening to give you an excellent shelter whilst on the move.  This is a real benefit when you need an extra box or isolation stable.  Using quality timber of the highest grade all of our field shelters are environmentally and aesthetically pleasing.  We always manufacture and install to the highest standards, and are proud to offer the best value mobile field shelters in the UK.

Mobile field shelters come in many sizes.  These fantastic Mobile buildings give you an instant haven for your horses and animals.  mobile-stable-field-shelterWhether you are waiting for planning, renting a paddock or need something quick as an isolation box. Your mobile shelter can be towed from paddock to paddock and allow your pastures time to rest, reducing the need for a field shelter in every paddock.  Simply tow your mobile field shelter to its new location as and when required.

All of our mobile field shelters are manufactured to the same high standard, quality and care as our stables. We re-designed the galvanised steel towing mechanism back in 2005 after speaking to a local breeder who was not happy with what the general market had to offer at the time.  Since that day, we have never looked back knowing that our mobile field shelters are manufactured to suit the needs of our clients. As you will see on our video it is so easy to tow even our largest 10.8 metre Mobile Building, this is due to the specific design in the towing frames, with the lugs being sited on the front and back skid. Some of the smaller mobile field shelters can be supplied and fitted with a timber towing frame if you so require.  As we only manufacture to order we will make your mobile field shelter suit your own specific needs and requirements.

Strong Building

At Prime Stables, we pride ourselves on the quality of our mobile field shelters. These structurally safe shelters are built on a galvanised steel towing frame. This specific towing frame was uniquely designed for a local horse breeder more than 10 years ago and our various designs have stood the test of time. Our testimonies speak for themselves and we constantly work closely with our clients to offer them with a professional and caring service.

Size Matters

The size of the construction is vital when individuals are aiming to acquire the correct protection for their animals. Nonetheless, people have to realise that finding the most suitable size is intrinsic for sheltering their animals. Some mobile shelters can be too small, however at Prime Stables; we can adapt the size of the mobile field shelter to suit the size of your animals that you are using the shelter for. We only manufacture to order, this allows us to easily integrate your own requirements.

Movability of the Shelter

Mobile field shelters Surrey are sturdy shelters that are often mistaken as static structures because of their size. Here at Prime Stables our towing mechanism enables these buildings to be easily manoeuvred around paddocks. Click here to view our short videos which assist our clients on the best ways to tow these buildings with ease.


At Prime Stables, we pride ourselves on designing and fabricating mobile field shelters making use of the finest materials possible. Our highly trained team of craftsmen will meticulously fabricate your buildings. Once complete, they will then hand over your build to our installation team who will then come and assemble your mobile field shelter.



Mobile Stables

If you need a stable quickly, Prime mobile stables are the best solution for you. With a mobile stable there’s no groundwork to prepare, and we can deliver and install within 5-10 working days. All of our mobile stables are built with high quality materials and built to last. We offer various sizes and configurations, and because all of our buildings are manufactured to order, we manufacture them to suit your specific requirements.

Mobile Stables Mobile Stable ConversionMobile StablesCombination UnitsConversion KitsMobile Stable YardWe have a wide range of mobile stables for sale on our website, and they can come complete with rubber matting, flooring, tack rooms and any other addition that you’d like. We only use the very best timber and put all of our experience and quality of workmanship into our designs.  If you have something specific feel free to give us a call and we can run through some prices with you to ensure you get the absolute best mobile stable to fit your budget.

A Wide Variety of Mobile Stables to Pick from

All Prime Stables mobile stables Sussex are designed and fabricated using the best quality building materials and are built to stand the test of time. Every mobile stable either includes a galvanised steel or timber-towing frame according to your preference, enabling you to manoeuvre your stable from place to place. Every mobile stable unit is manufactured to order so you can be sure of receiving specifically what you are searching for. We can fabricate a wide range of different mobile stable setups to match your specific requirements.

For instance, a 3.6 m x 3.6 m mobile stable can be produced by adding a stable conversion kit to one of our mobile field shelters and transformed back as and when needed. A double mobile stable 7.2 m x 3.6 m provide two complete stables on one galvanised steel towing frame. Featuring every thing a stable would provide, stable doors with anti-chew strip to bottom doors, sliding windows, kick-boarded to 1.2 m high, 0.9 m overhang and front guttering. You can also organize a group of mobile stables to form a courtyard affect.

The Mobile Stable Yard 10.8 m x 3.6 m is a very flexible structure that can support multiple needs. It features two 3.0 m x 3.6 m stables, 3.0 m x 3.6 m hay barn with barn doors and a 1.8 m tack room fully lined with a suspended timber floor and tack room door. This large building can majestically be towed if need be. Click here to view our mobile videos.


Field Shelters

We are one of the leading static field shelter companies in the UK and offer a range of permanent field shelters that can suit any budget. A static field shelter is a permanent structure used to give your horses a safe, dry place to rest. Our field shelters are designed to have a permanent fixed roof and flooring, and we also build to the highest possible standards.

Do You Require Planning Permission?

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This is an age old question, with many differing opinions. Many council planning departments will insist that you do need planning permission and others will say you do not. My aim today is to bring some clarity to this, so that you may confidently install a mobile field shelter in the full knowledge that you are not in breach of UK Planning Laws. Should you be reading this as a planning officer, I trust that you will find my research useful, and it will save you a lot of time and precious council resources coming to your final conclusions on this matter. So, why is it that there is this conflict of opinion?

Let’s look at this from a planning officer’s perspective. They have a report come in to them to say a large timber building has arrived in a field. “A building put in a field? That must need planning approval” they assume. On the face of it they are right. Buildings need planning approval, so they issue a note to the land owner stating that a breach of planning control has taken place and the field owner must either remove the building or apply retrospectively for planning permission. Quite straight forward one might assume.

Now to be fair to our planning officers, who, let’s face it, do a great and sometimes difficult, demanding job ensuring our countryside does not get over developed. There is a myriad of new legislation on development to learn on an almost daily basis and I personally feel it is impossible to fully be aware of all of the legislation all of the time. Therefore, those who are aware of a particular historical planning case in regard to mobile field shelters will tell you that you do not need permission, whereas those who are not aware of it, will tell you the opposite.

I am going to go over and quote from an appeal decision relating to a case involving, a Mr Bennet, following his decision to buy and install a Mobile Field Shelter in Dorset, Wiltshire in 2001. He was asked to remove it by his council. Way back in 2001, Purbeck District Council issued an enforcement notice to Mr Bennet after he had just taken possession of his mobile field shelter, stating that, and I quote directly from the appeal decision; ” Without planning permission, he had committed a “change of use of the land from grazing to a mixed use comprising the keeping of horses and the siting of a horse shelter.” They demanded that he “cease using the land for storing a horse shelter and completely remove the shelter from the land.” Mr Bennet appealed this enforcement notice as he firmly considered that his shelter did not fall under any planning requirements, as his structure was a piece of equipment that was mobile and could be moved at will from location to location and it did not have any ground-works associated with it. The appeal was decided by an independent inspector appointed by The Secretary of State for Local Government, amongst other titles. Stick with me, I know this is just getting a bit heavy and your eyes are starting to glaze over, because it will be worth it in the end.

The inspector visited the site, took on board all the arguments on both sides. He acknowledged that: “No preparation of the ground was required prior to the erection of the mobile field shelter.” “There is no physical attachment to the ground” “There are no services connected.” “It is not permanently sited” “It is designed to be moved” The inspector then concluded: “ Having regard to the foregoing, it is my conclusion as a matter of fact and degree that, on the balance of probability, the stationing of the field shelter on the land did not amount to operational development as defined in section 55(1) of the 1990 Town & Country Planning Act.

The enforcement notice which alleges the erection of a horse shelter is therefore not applicable and will be quashed. Now there was a second element to this enforcement notice, namely Purbeck Council believed that there was a change of use on the land to a mixed use, and I quote again directly from the appeal decision. “The argument for the appellant is that notice land is used by horses for grazing; that the judgement in the case of Sykes v SSe and South Oxford DC; South Oxfordshire DC v SSe and Underwood and others [1981] JPL 285 confirmed that such a use falls within the definition of agriculture in section 336(1) of the 1990, and that, by virtue of Section 22(2)(e) of the Act, planning permission was not required. In the inspectors final conclusion he states; Consequently, the siting of the mobile field shelter in connection with this use would similarly avoid the need for planning permission. If you are still reading, well done. The appeal decision goes in to great detail with regard to Mr Bennet’s horses need to eat grass, his riding and possible leisure usage being undertaken. Here are further direct quotes from the Inspector; “What the council are saying is that there has been a change from use from grazing to a mixed use compromising the keeping of horses and the siting of a horse shelter.” “There are two horses on the holding which the Appellant explained provides their entire feeding requirement. They graze the grass and a hay crop taken from the land is stored elsewhere and brought back as required in the winter months.” “The council submit that the land is being used for a hobby purpose.

Because horses will eat grass when put into a field, it does not follow that grazing is the primary use.” “Because there is no reason to assume that any of the leisure riding or associated activity takes place on the land I find, on the balance of probability, that there is no direct leisure use of the appeal site itself.” “Consequently, I do not accept the Councils contention that there is no agricultural element in the use currently being undertaken.” And the inspectors final conclusion; “Consequently, no planning permission was required and the notice will be quashed. In the circumstances, the deemed application for planning permission does not fail to be considered.” “I conclude that in the particular circumstances of this case neither the mobile field shelter nor the use of the appeal site fall within the scope of planning control.” So there it is, from that day back in August 2001, planning law was set on the subject of Mobile Field Shelters. They do not require planning permission and you not need to apply for a change of use for your horses to graze the land on fields with mobile field shelters in. Councils all over the country now have to follow what the inspector concluded when assessing the siting of Mobile Field Shelters. As a final piece of essential information on this subject, the site in question we are referring to here, sits in “An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.” Therefore we can conclude that even if you wish to site a mobile field shelter in an A0NB.

You do not require planning permission. Should your local planning officer insist that you do need planning approval, quote to them the Appeal decision reference number. That number is; Appeal A: APP/B1225/C/01/1057144. They will be able to access the full appeal decision from their database and read it in full for themselves.

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