Policy 26: Non-commercial equestrian uses

What are we trying to achieve?

We want to ensure that facilities related to keeping of equine animals and similar livestock for recreational and non-commercial uses do not harm the quality of the landscape or erode the nature and structure of farming in the Lake District.

What is the issue?

New equine related facilities can have a negative impact on the rural nature of the Lake District by adversely affecting its landscape character and natural environment. Unlike commercial equine enterprises the negative impacts are not outweighed by their contribution to rural economy or job provision. Cumulatively over time individual facilities can significantly alter the character of an area and the nature and structure of farming.

Our suggested approach

We will introduce a new policy for non-commercial equestrian uses and similar livestock-we will support re-use of existing buildings or facilities well related to existing buildings and structures, and restrict proposals elsewhere unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated.

Policy 26: Non-commercial equestrian uses

Development of facilities related to equestrian and similar livestock uses which are kept on a non-commercial basis will only be supported where:

  • it, if appropriate, reuses an existing building; or
  • it is well related to existing buildings and structures and they satisfactorily relate to existing infrastructure including vehicular access and bridleways.

Exceptionally, where this is not practical or appropriate, we will only permit buildings in open countryside locations where they are demonstrably necessary for and designed for welfare reasons.  

All developments must be well integrated with their surroundings taking advantage of the natural landform and any existing natural screening.

Where planning permission is granted for the change of use of land for the keeping of horses relevant conditions will be imposed in order to retain the natural character of the field.

Have your say!

Consultation closed on 29th June. Thank you to all of those who took part. Please keep an eye on our Local Plan homepage for announcements and feedback on the consultation

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