At The Rural Planning Practice we have an in-depth knowledge of the equestrian world. We understand the goals and challenges faced by riding schools, liveries, eventers and equestrian businesses.

We have in-depth experience of working on equestrian development projects, from redevelopment of indoor and outdoor riding schools, expansion of livery yards, and new facilities and accommodation. We can also help gain retrospective planning consents for development which has already taken place.

Equestrian planning and business opportunities are a particular specialism of The Rural Planning Practice. We can provide solutions for your equestrian property needs and business, including advising on business plans, development and expansion opportunities, as well as rating advice.

A lifelong interest in horses has given Judith Norris has an unrivalled knowledge in the design of horse yards and equine business. She has advised a large number of international riders and is also called on by local authorities to comment on equestrian planning applications.

recent projects

Equestrian development

We have recently obtained planning permission to redevelop a riding school in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to provide a new 40 box yard, an outdoor sand school, indoor school, reception facility, new parking and access and a mobile home to support enterprise.

Other recent successes include:

A professional show jumper built his yard without planning permission. We obtained retrospective consent which enabled his business to continue without interruption.

In Hampshire we secured planning permission for the permanent stationing of a log cabin to support a large livery yard. The planning authority had concerns about the landscape impact but we worked with the authority to secure permission in another location on the site.

We have also secured planning permission for a dwelling to support the equestrian yard of an international three day event rider. The site had a difficult planning history but discussions with the council to explain the rider’s business eventually succeeded.

We are currently working on several applications for indoor schools in Kent and Essex.

All have been the subject of favourable pre application advice which has been carefully prepared and well supported in terms of landscape impact and business benefit