Opposition may stop plans to move stables

A MOVE to develop a Portland riding stables at a new site on the island may have trouble clearing a planning hurdle.

Sue Lees wants to relocate her Windmill Stables from its site off Weston Street to farmland she owns off Sweet Hill Road.

Planning officers at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council are recommending councillors refuse permission because of its size at tomorrow’s planning and traffic committee.

The new complex, which would help to develop Windmill as a riding school, includes 52 stables with associated office, staff rooms, feed rooms, livery room and tack rooms.

There would also be a storage barn and a chalet bungalow-style dwelling serving as a bed and breakfast accommodation.

Ms Lees has been trying to find an alternative site for her stables because the current home is too small and cannot be developed.

There have been 35 letters of support and 31 letters of objection to the plan. Planning officers say they would like to try and find an acceptable solution.

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1:13pm Tue 18 Sep 12

goodoldecho says...

Perhaps the neigh-bours complained. ..........Sorry.
Perhaps the neigh-bours complained. ..........Sorry. goodoldecho
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4:24pm Tue 18 Sep 12

PORTLAND ROVER says...

Does this stable have permission to ride their horses on the public footpaths on Portland? The SWCP is yellow arrowed...Walkers only! The other paths are Footpaths and there are NO official Bridleways on the Isle. However, I am of the opinion, that I do not mind Horses using the paths, as It brings tourists to the Isle, but rules are rules, and if anyone can correct me, I will be most receptive to your information! Thanks.
Does this stable have permission to ride their horses on the public footpaths on Portland? The SWCP is yellow arrowed...Walkers only! The other paths are Footpaths and there are NO official Bridleways on the Isle. However, I am of the opinion, that I do not mind Horses using the paths, as It brings tourists to the Isle, but rules are rules, and if anyone can correct me, I will be most receptive to your information! Thanks. PORTLAND ROVER
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6:10pm Tue 18 Sep 12

I'mavoter says...

Who cares, they're doing no harm. If you don't (as you say) object, then why bother to write your comment ?
Who cares, they're doing no harm. If you don't (as you say) object, then why bother to write your comment ? I'mavoter
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10:01am Wed 19 Sep 12

For Fox Ache says...

Whilst it's good for a business to develop this is the wrong location.

The development is overly large and intrusive on a very prominent part of the island that is loved for its open views and undeveloped beauty.

The business would overwhelm the footpaths with horse and vehicular traffic and lead to a precedent of developing buildings on the unspoilt land between Southwell and Portland Bill.

We've seen plans to develop quarry land for a holiday camp - this would seem another business that could also use other less obtrusive and unused locations on Portland.
Whilst it's good for a business to develop this is the wrong location. The development is overly large and intrusive on a very prominent part of the island that is loved for its open views and undeveloped beauty. The business would overwhelm the footpaths with horse and vehicular traffic and lead to a precedent of developing buildings on the unspoilt land between Southwell and Portland Bill. We've seen plans to develop quarry land for a holiday camp - this would seem another business that could also use other less obtrusive and unused locations on Portland. For Fox Ache
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7:31pm Wed 19 Sep 12

PORTLAND ROVER says...

I'mavoter wrote:
Who cares, they're doing no harm. If you don't (as you say) object, then why bother to write your comment ?
I do not mind at the moment, but I am Concerned that an increase in Horses would have a negative impact on the paths, and particularly if this plan is to increase taking horses around the paths when I am sure they are not allowed in the first place. My comment was to ask if anyone knew if they had dispensation to do so? Secondly, I have as much right to comment as you, despite whether YOU feel it worthy or not. Thank you for your interest in my comment. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]I'mavoter[/bold] wrote: Who cares, they're doing no harm. If you don't (as you say) object, then why bother to write your comment ?[/p][/quote]I do not mind at the moment, but I am Concerned that an increase in Horses would have a negative impact on the paths, and particularly if this plan is to increase taking horses around the paths when I am sure they are not allowed in the first place. My comment was to ask if anyone knew if they had dispensation to do so? Secondly, I have as much right to comment as you, despite whether YOU feel it worthy or not. Thank you for your interest in my comment. ;-) PORTLAND ROVER
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