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.