Maidenhead: Plans for 16 stables need to be decided
OUTLINE plans to build 16 stables on greenbelt land in Maidenhead should councilors decide.
The claimant, Copas Farm, wants to add new stables on land at Lower Mount Farm in Cookham following the ‘desperate need’ for stable facilities in the area as demand increases.
The plans call for the construction of 16 stables arranged in a single building with associated access and 12 parking spaces.
This is a summary development application, which means that the applicant asks whether the Royal Borough Council agrees with the development in principle before submitting a full development application.
Cookham councilor Mandy Brar (Lib Dem) ‘called’ the request if officers were to approve the scheme, believing the development would harm the greenbelt and was concerned about vehicle access and parking.
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This will mean councilors sitting on Maidenhead‘s Development Management Committee will determine its fate. The planning officers recommended that the members approve the project.
Previous plans for 30 stables and two foaling boxes were refused by planning officers and were rejected on appeal.
The planning inspector believed that the previously proposed development was an appropriate development on green belt land, but the overall size and scale of the building would affect whether it opened.
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Now the claimant is back with a revised plan that nearly halves the number of stables and has done away with fouling boxes, worker quarters, hay store, carpet drying rooms and changing rooms. .
They also reduced the number of parking spaces from 34 to 12 spaces.
The jury will decide on the application on Wednesday, February 16.