A Moorlands equestrian business in the Moorlands has been granted permission to build an “essential” workers dwelling after three planning applications in four years. Jennifer Thompson of Cheadle Equestrian Centre on Eaves Lane had had two previous submissions for similar proposals refused by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC).
A Moorlands equestrian business in the Moorlands has been granted permission to build an “essential” workers dwelling after three planning applications in four years.
Jennifer Thompson of Cheadle Equestrian Centre on Eaves Lane had had two previous submissions for similar proposals refused by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC).
But on Thursday, November 11 she had plans for a two-bedroom home to be built on-site at the third time of asking granted, following an SMDC planning committee meeting.
Planning documents labelled the dwelling as an “essential” build.
Speaking to the Times & Echo earlier this month, Jennifer said, if passed, the dwelling would be “life-changing.”
She added: “The building will massively change the business completely.
“It’d be better welfare for the horses and security.
“It would mean someone can be on-site all the time when there are any problems, like when a horse is ill.”
Beforehand, an existing dwelling, which is occupied by her parents, had been deemed “not suitable” for such purposes.
Jennifer’s previous application had been rejected at a committee meeting on the grounds of impact on design and appearance on open countryside by virtue of its design.
During that meeting, councillors “appeared to arrive at a point” where, within policy, they could accept the case for the proposed dwelling being an essential need within a business capacity.
Jennifer then submitted new proposals in September which saw design plans amended to a smaller scale and mass.
Ahead of the SMDC planning committee meeting on November 11, a planning officer stated in a document that the plans were recommended for approval.
They said: “Where there are no alternative sites that would obviously minimise that intrusion, the revisions that have reduced the proposal’s scale and massing and improved its design proportions, would reduce the harm to an acceptable degree when weighed against compliance with the rural exceptions policy.”
It was subsequently approved by the SMDC planning committee.
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