Controversial and retrospective additions to a stable yard in south-east Northumberland have been narrowly approved by councillors.
A bid for a number of extra buildings at Delaval Equestrian, off Mares Close, between Seghill and Seaton Delaval, was given the go-ahead at Wednesday’s (July 18) meeting of the Cramlington, Bedlington and Seaton Valley Local Area Council.
The permission covers the change of use of the main building to equestrian, including additional internal stabling, and the erection of a lean-to addition to the main building, a single stable block, a double stable block, a hen house, a bale and materials store, and a storage container.
Resident Colin Lawson said: “Mares Close has reached saturation point with five or six stables. If this is approved, I believe there could be 100 horses stabled in the area.
“Residents are fed up to the back teeth with non-residents trying to have their play area in our backyard.
“Too many planning officers have drawn the short straw of dealing with this which is a mistake of the county council’s own making.”
Coun Les Bowman, from Seaton Valley Parish Council, complained that the 40 letters of support for the application – ‘from customers, traders and family’ – were submitted outside the deadline.
“The objections (13) are from residents who are impacted by the amount of traffic, amount of noise and the to-ing and fro-ing from this stables,” he said.
“The applicant has ignored and breached all the planning procedures.”
Both objectors pointed out that the previous approval had a condition preventing commercial livery use which was being flouted.
The planning officer explained that the condition did not prevent commercial use in general and enforcement officers were unable to determine if the site was used for commercial livery specifically.
The applicant’s agent, Craig Ross, of George F White, said: “Almost all the elements are moveable and could be considered temporary, but working with the enforcement team, we agreed to submit a full planning application.
“The planning officer visited four times and did not find significant movement or noise at the site, so there will be no impact on residential amenity.”
By Ben O'Connell, Local Democracy Reporting Service