New Indoor Equestrian Arena and Facilities in Durley Hampshire
MDP secured planning permission for a large equestrian facility in Durley, Hampshire. The client sought to improve their current offering and create best in class facilities in order to provide and prepare horses for the highest competition level. With this project, like many others, we worked with Elmtree Construction to prepare drawings and to undertake the works themselves. They are specialists in this area, more details can be found https://www.elmtreeconstruction.co.uk/equestrian
The site lies within the client’s estate of around 27 acres, which is mainly used as pasture land and contains the farm stud where these facilities would be utilised. The land itself posed no issues in terms of designation, with no areas of scientific interest and there are no listed buildings on the site.
The proposal was to demolish the existing barn and to replace it with a new structure providing an indoor training school and other facilities for horse training, treatment and welfare. The siting, design and choice of materials were chosen to ensure a well-designed and familiar agricultural aesthetic and the proposed landscaping screens all public views of the building so as not to impact the area.
It was successfully argued that the erection of this facility would promote rural regeneration and support equestrian activities, which aligns with the aims of the NPFF to ‘support the sustainable growth and expansion of all types of enterprise in rural areas’.
The planning application was granted by Winchester Council and work is ongoing to create these state-of-the-art facilities.