Concerns for the future of grazing horses

The fields in New Hartley currently used to graze horses but are earmarked for housing.
The fields in New Hartley currently used to graze horses but are earmarked for housing.

A horse owner says he is facing eviction for the second time in two years if controversial plans for hundreds of new homes are approved.

Barry Young has been grazing his animals in fields near New Hartley for nearly two years after the previous yard he used in Earsdon, near Whitley Bay, was closed and put up for sale.

Although he knew it was a temporary arrangement, he has now been told the fields could be sold soon if plans to build 285 new homes are approved.

Barratt North East had put in plans to build 286 homes near the village but withdrew the application in January 2015 after objections from residents.

However, a new application was submitted for 285 new homes, which local residents say is still too much for the site in question.

Barry said: “I know they’ve got to build houses but the actual size is way out of character for the village.

“It’s going to impact on road safety and the safety of animals and pedestrians.”

He added he had begun to look for other fields to graze the horses in.

“If we were offered the field adjacent that would be great as we could stay in these stables. All the other stables in the area are full.”

“One horse owner at the top of Seaton Delaval had to go elsewhere, it’s happening all over the place.

“They are taking away grazing land for horses.

“People wouldn’t mind if developers built on brownfield sites instead of green fields.

“This used to be farmland but is not taking away two businesses.”