Plans have been submitted for the erection of a block of 5 stables along with a tackroom, paddock and associated parking on a site off Moor Lane.
BCC Properties are applying to build the development on vacant land which was previously earmarked for the development of a gypsy site. The controversial plans to change the use of the open land for the stationing of caravans for residential purposes for a gypsy pitch, a utility/day room and additional hard standing were refused for the second time in January 2013.
The Northern Planning Committee refused the application on the grounds that very special circumstances do not exist to justify inappropriate development in the green belt.
Green Planning Solutions, who were acting on behalf of Mr John Allen, subsequently submitted an appeal to the Secretary of State, on the grounds that a single pitch will create limited actual harm to the openness of the green belt which is outweighed by the lack of suitable and affordable sites in the area.
The appeal was dismissed by the Secretary of State on the grounds that the proposed development would harm the openness of the Green Belt and constitutes inappropriate development in the Green Belt.
It is proposed that the stables will be open from 8am to 6pm seven days a week and employ 2 full-time and 5 part-time members of staff.
The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 18/1449M. The last date for submitting comments is 13th June and a decision is expected by 3rd July.