Whether you already own a horse or you’re looking to buy one, it will need housing in a stable and you may need planning permission. There are numerous factors that need to be taken into consideration before planning permission is granted. This article will tell you everything you need to know about horse stable planning permission.
What is Planning Permission?
Planning permission isn’t about the size of a building, it’s about the location and the building’s intended use. Planning permission can be granted or refused, and it is your responsibility to contact your local planning authority. Seeking planning permission is your responsibility and it must be granted before any work begins. Otherwise, you could be subject to significant fines. You will need planning permission if you want to:
- Build something new
- Make a major change to your property (building an extension)
- Change the use of your building
The Difference Between Planning Permission and Building Regulations
Planning permission and building regulations are two different things. Building regulations are about the quality and technical design of a structure. While planning permission is about the external appearance, intended use, and positioning of a structure.
Planning Permission Considerations
There are a variety of elements that need to be taken into consideration before planning permission is granted. The proposal of installing horse stables on your land must be in accordance with government permissions and approved by your neighbours.
How We Help with the Planning Permission Process
We understand that you’ll likely need to apply for planning permission for your new stables. That’s why, for a small fee that is refundable against your order, we will draw up relevant scaled drawings for your application. These will provide the location plan, full specifications, and a cross section drawing. As experts in horse stables, you can expect well set out, easy-to-understand, and clear workable drawings.
Our Architects Provide Elevation Drawings
At Prime Stables, we have a team of experienced architects who can answer your questions and provide the support you need. The elevation drawings we provide will show the design, size, and positioning on your land.
Once your application has been received, your local planning permission department will check it. If it doesn’t contain all the information, or there are errors or omissions, they will contact you to amend it. If this happens, the process can take two or three weeks longer.
Hire a Planning Consultant
While we are more than happy to notify you of all relevant planning procedures, we recommend using a planning consultant for the application. Having a planning consultant is a great way to ensure your application has the best chance for success. A planning consultant will deal with all relevant planning on your behalf. They will present your application to the relevant people in a professional manner, giving you the very best chance of success.
Accepted Planning Applications
Once your planning application has been accepted by your local planning authority, they will formally register it. You will then be notified by letter as to when you can expect a decision to be made. Most applications take 8 weeks from the date of validation to the decision being made.
Denied Stable Planning Permission
If you do find your planning application is denied, you have the right to appeal against the decision. It is worth noting that only the planning applicant has the rights to appeal a decision. So, if your planning application was unsuccessful, it is possible to appeal it.
If all else fails and you get another rejected application, why not consider mobile field shelters? These do not require any planning permission, they are easy to install, and are a quick solution to many requirements.
Our Top Tips for Securing Planning Permission
- Discuss your plans with your local planning authority as early as possible.
- Remember to always plan well in advance as the planning process may take longer than you think. In fact, the statutory guideline for an application is 8 weeks (13 weeks for any major permitted developments).
- Speak to any neighbours who may be affected as early as possible. This will give you have time to work through any objections and accommodate their concerns in your final applications.
- Be flexible with your design and location as this could make the difference between having an application accepted or refused.
- Consider using experienced architects and planning consultants, it will make the whole process so much easier.
How to Apply for Planning Permission
You can apply for planning permission by submitting a form online. If you go ahead without planning permission, you can be served an ‘enforcement notice’. This will order you to undo all the changes you’ve made or face the consequences.
Whilst getting your head around planning permission for stables can be confusing, it plays a very important role. Planning permission seeks to help the environment we live in and anyone who ignores legislation does so at their own risk. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team of experts.