Plan lodged for new houses at equestrian site

Land next to the equestrian centre in Swarland.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Land next to the equestrian centre in Swarland.'Picture by Jane Coltman
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Plans have been lodged to demolish an existing riding arena and outbuildings to create 15 new houses, including four affordable properties.

The scheme has been submitted to Northumberland County Council by David Blackshaw and is earmarked for land at Swarland Park Equestrian Centre, on Old Park Road, Swarland.

If approved, the four affordable homes would be single-storey terraced properties, with rooms in the roof space and flexible accommodation providing options for up to three bedrooms. They would be sold at a discounted market value. The other houses would be individually-designed one-and-a-half-storey detached properties. They would be a mix of three and four bedrooms.

A further unit – which would take the number of houses at the site to 16 – has already been approved and is for a two-storey house.

The long-term aim is to relocate the indoor riding arena to another part of the site and this is will be subject to a future planning application.

However, the scheme has attracted two neighbour objections, with concerns about over-development, sewerage and a ‘creep into open countryside’.

The centre is a family business supporting five horses used by the family, plus providing stabling, grazing and facilities for training for 10 other horses kept in livery and looked after by the centre. Two more horses are kept with their owners providing DIY livery.

The owner wants to reduce the number of horses stabled/schooled and provide a more specialised training facility for family use, retaining their five horses and providing schooling/stabling of limited number of other horses owned/kept at the centre by others. This means that certain buildings on the site are surplus to requirement.