Equestrian Development in the Wiltshire Countryside

Permission granted for a riding arena and change of use of land to equestrian.

Construction of a riding arena

The Brief

Our clients, who are keen riders, approached us following the purchase of their new home in the Wiltshire countryside. Whilst the property benefitted from stabling, it had very limited paddock space for gazing and exercising their horses, and no other equestrian facilities.

Our brief was to achieve planning consent for the change of use of surrounding agricultural land to equestrian, and the erection of a riding arena.

Our Solution

Whilst the Wiltshire Core Strategy makes no specific mention of equestrian development, we made the case that this should be considered acceptable in a rural location and highlighted that the National Planning Policy Framework states that planning decisions should support sustainable rural leisure developments.

We further provided a set of precedent examples of other similar developments approved recently to support our case.

Details of the state of the art arena were provided by Jackson Arenas

Project Success

Planning permission was granted within the standard 8-week timeframe and our clients are delighted.


Client: Private
LPA: Wiltshire Council


Abbey Stevens
Senior Planner

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