If you are thinking of building a stable, stable block or manège,
whether for your own personal use or as a commercial concern, then you will need to obtain planning permission from your local authority.
Planning legislation is often viewed as over complicated and unnecessarily bureaucratic. It does play a crucial role in protecting our environment and the countryside we all enjoy so much, however, and it pays to engage with it to ensure a smooth journey to receiving planning consent.
Here are some tips to help you achieve that:
- Engage with the local planning authority at an early stage.
- Allow plenty of time for planning. Consent can take longer than you think with the statutory deadline of 8 weeks, or 13 for major developments.
- Consult with your neighbours and let them know what you intend to do. If objections are raised consider how concessions can be made to overcome them.
- Be prepared to be flexible, both with your design and the location. Agreeing to make amendments can be the difference between obtaining consent or and getting a refusal.
- Do consider getting professional advice from planning consultants or architects.
- Make sure you aware of the costs involved. Planning application fees are assessed on the actual floor space of the structure, be it a stable or a manège.
- Think about any benefits that your proposal might have and highlight them. These might include:
> Creating new local jobs
> Fulfilling a local need
> Supporting the local economy
> Employing local contractors during the construction
- Don’t forget Building Regulations consent may also be required, especially for a commercial venture.
- Building Regulations centre on standards relating to health and safety, welfare, convenience and sustainability, so bear these concepts and concerns in mind.
Once you have your planning permission, we will be happy to discuss the actual construction of your new stable, stable block or manège if it is within a 50 mile radius of Tewkesbury. Please call on 01684 772935 or 07885 293791.