Indoor equestrian school and stables in Mickleby gets green light

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TEMPORARY approval for three years was given by the North York Moors National Park planning committee for a change of use of an agricultural building in Mickleby to an indoor equestrian school and ten livery stables.

The applicant was Stephen Hunnysett of Low Farm, Low Lane, Mickleby.

There were no objections to his proposal but a number of residents in the village as well as members of the parish council were concerned about a probable increase in traffic.

As a result, the planning committee granted a temporary approval in order to assess the traffic situation again after three years.

There was also considerable support for the plan from residents who said the development would provide much needed jobs.

The 128 acre farm was formerly a beef and arable farm but now has no stock and is entirely arable.

The agricultural building covering 680square metres was originally designed to hold more than sixty head of beef cattle and has its own dedicated water supply and metered electricity.

Three years ago, planning permission was given to convert barns at the farm to four houses and a digital photographic studio.