29 Jan Equestrian use regularised for land and buildings at a racehorse training and stud yard in Hampshire

The RPP has recently achieved planning permission for a racehorse training yard in Hampshire together with a specialist stud yard for thoroughbred breeding under the supervision of a veterinary surgeon.

Three large barns, which were no longer needed for agricultural purposes, were converted to incorporate loose boxes and storage for the horses. The yard also comprises a horse walker, gallops for training and large areas for parking and turning vehicles. The veterinary facility included foaling boxes and specialist working areas for AI.

The equestrian business provides a much-valued service to clients and the delicate stud work and foaling requires constant supervision and attention by the applicants who live on site. The farm’s historic use as a pig rearing unit meant the equestrian use results in a reduction in traffic movements. The proposal is an excellent example of farm diversification which provides local jobs and contributes to the rural economy.

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