Pony row to end with permission
COUNCIL chiefs say there is 'insufficient evidence' to demonstrate that a pony is being kept illegally in a field near Withleigh.
Gerald Luxton, a member of Mid Devon District Council's planning committee, whose daughter Sharon Greenslade owns 12-hands-high Shetland Molly was served with an enforcement notice to move the animal from land off Plainfield Lane, Withleigh earlier this year.
Neighbours say the animal has continued to be kept in the field in question, however the land owners say that Molly has only been grazing in the field. There is no limitation on how often an animal can be grazed in a field.
A related application for the change of the use of a patch of land from agricultural to equestrian and to build a stable with a field shelter is also set to be discussed by Mid Devon District Council planning committee at a meeting tomorrow. The application was deferred by the committee earlier this year to allow for the enforcement issues to be investigated prior to determining the application.
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The proposed change of use of the land is recommended for approval, subject to a number of conditions.
In conclusion, the officer's report states that the proposed stable and change of use of the land is "not considered to harm the privacy or amenity of the occupiers of another dwelling, the future amenities of the agricultural and rural setting or the visual amenity of the surrounding countryside."
The application is therefore recommended for approval subject to three conditions.
Among the conditions is a requirement for Mr Luxton to submit a waste management plan indicating how waste produced from the keeping of horses on the land will be disposed of.
The council state: "Waste from the keeping of horses shall then only be disposed of in accordance with the approved plan unless otherwise agreed in writing with the local planning authority."
The management plan will need to be submitted within three months of the granting of permission and to be formally approved by the authority.
The matter is due to be discussed at the meeting in Tiverton Town Hall at 2.15pm tomorrow.