Agenda item

FUL/MAL/19/00221 - Land opposite Godfreys Cottages, Sheepcoates Lane, Little Totham, Essex

To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance (copy enclosed, Members’ Update to be circulated)*.



Application Number



Land Opposite Godfreys Cottages, Sheepcoates Lane, Little Totham, Essex


Section 73A application for the retention of stables and use of land for keeping of horses with related hardstanding


Mr Purdy


Mr Peter Le Grys - Stanfords

Target Decision Date


Case Officer

Nicola Ward



Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Member Call In by: Councillor Sismey

Reason: Public Interest



Following the Officer’s presentation Councillor J V Keyes stated that he agreed with the Officer’s recommendation of approval.


Councillor E L Bamford advised the Committee that as per the two prior applications she was proposing the application be refused, contrary to the Officer’s recommendation, as the application was in breach of D1, S2 and S8 of the Local Development Plan (LDP) and there was a risk of contamination to the ditch situated at the front of the site.


Councillor R H Siddall seconded the proposal adding that this was situated close to residential properties and could be problematic due to noise and odour especially in warmer seasons.


A short discussion from the Committee agreed that the same amendment to Condition 2 to omit the wording “…equestrian building...” was also included.


The Chairman put the recommendation of refusal, contrary to the Officer’s recommendation, to the Committee and upon a vote being taken the proposal was rejected.


The Chairman then put the Officer’s recommendation of approval to the Committee, subject to the variation of Condition 2 to remove “equestrian buildings and” from the last line, and upon a vote being taken the recommendation was agreed.


RESOLVED that the application be APPROVED subject to the following conditions:


1.               The stables hereby permitted shall be used solely for the private stabling of horses shall not be used for business or commercial use including for the purposes of livery and no riding school activity shall take place at the site.

2.               The use of the stables hereby permitted shall cease and all equipment and materials brought onto the land for the purposes of such use shall be removed within three months of the date of failure to meet any one of the requirements set out in (i) to (iv) below.

(i)              within 3 months of the date of this decision details of the arrangements for  the storage, drainage and disposal of manure, bedding and liquid animal wastes shall have been submitted for the written approval of the local planning authority and the scheme shall include a timetable for its implementation;

(ii)            if within 11 months of the date of this decision the local planning authority refuse to approve the scheme or fail to give a decision within the prescribed period, an appeal shall have been made to, and accepted as validly made by the Secretary of State;

(iii)          if an appeal is made in pursuance of (ii) above, that appeal shall have been finally determined and the submitted scheme shall have been approved by the Secretary of State, or;

(iv)           the approved scheme shall have been carried out and completed in accordance with the approved timetable.

3.               No floodlighting or other external form of illumination of the site shall be installed without the prior written approval of the local planning authority.

4.               There shall be no burning of animal or stable waste anywhere on the site as shown edged in red on the Location Plan hereby approved.

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