§ Mr. Curry
Development that supports the rural economy and maintains and enhances the countryside is to 319W be encouraged. Planning applications for development which is in accordance with the development plan shall be allowed unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
Within this framework, the Government wish to see a positive approach towards planning applications for horse-based development. Paragraph 2.21 of planning policy guidance note 7 makes it clear that the keeping and riding of horses for recreational purposes or as part of commercially based equestrian activities can help provide new opportunities for employment and land use in the countryside. Annexe F of the same document gives further guidance on development involving horses.