Planning applications for equestrian activities can range from those of a commercial nature such as livery stables and riding schools to small domestic stables and field shelters. Permitted development rights allow for certain sized buildings to be erected within the curtilage (the immediate grounds) of a dwelling house for the enjoyment of the occupants of the dwelling.
The re-use of existing buildings in the rural area for commercial equestrian uses can aid the rural economy. However, over grazing, related equipment, subdivision of land or unsympathetic siting of additional buildings can adversely affect the landscape and environment.
Sand schools normally require planning permission. They can sometimes appear as intrusive and alien features in the countryside. The Council will resist such proposals where they would adversely affect the character of the countryside.
Chapter 11 of Tandridge District Local Plan 2001 contains policies on horse keeping, and the Council will determine proposals for equestrian related development in the light of those policies. The Local Plan and other policies can be found at Planning Policy Maps (This link will open in a new window)
The Horse Pasture Management Project (This link will open in a new window) set up by Surrey County Council and supported by the British Horse Society provides advice to Surrey's horse and pony owners and keepers. It advises on practical ways horse keepers can maintain their paddocks to give maximum benefit to their animals as well as the landscape and environment.
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