Plans to convert building at Moor Lane abattoir for equestrian use


Plans have been submitted for the change of use of agricultural land and a building, which is associated with an existing abattoir, to equestrian use.

The proposals for Yewtree Farm, which lies within the North Cheshire Green Belt on Moor Lane, involve converting an existing barn into stables and a tack room, along with a feed store, storage and a tractor and bedding store.

Part of the existing building will also be used as a field shelter. Additionally a manure storage area is proposed adjacent to the existing building.

In July 2017, permission was granted for agricultural buildings at Yewtree Farm to be used as an abattoir. The owners sought to establish the lawful use of the site for an abattoir and residential use, claiming the outbuildings have been in active use as a slaughterhouse since 2001.

The application for change of use can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 17/5697M. The last date for submitting comments is 13th December and a decision is expected by January 3rd 2018.

Planning Applications


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Roger Bagguley
Friday 8th December 2017 at 9:05 am
Smoke and mirrors spring to mind. The process is the process with intent to build. The abattoir operated without a licence since 2001 so instead of closing it down they gave it a retrospective licence. The barn was never used as emergency accommodation for birds shipped in for slaughter. It was derelict and full of junk. But, on balance, they agreed it might have been. It was agreed the fields were not part of the abattoir so here we go again: this agricultural land needs to have change of use to become paddocks as part of an equestrian centre. But you don't need a change of use from agricultural land to graze horses when you keep and feed them indoors. Thus the intention is the intention. The process is all about eroding the security of the Green Belt to ease a way forward to building a housing

For now look forward to the clip clopping of horses along Moor Lane making their way to access the bridleway at Stormy Point.
Peter Davenport
Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 8:39 pm
It amazes me about planning and the ideas that are around.
A riding centre at Mobberley has jut recently closed, so why the need for another. AS has already been stated, one can get round the planners, ie Royal London and so on. It is obvious that all applications need microscopic research.