New barn is pro­posed for bor­ough green belt

Solihull News - - IT TALK -

PLANS have been sub­mit­ted for a new sta­ble build­ing in Soli­hull’s green belt.

The “Amer­i­can barn”, which would be erected in land off Holly Lane, Bal­sall Com­mon, would help shel­ter horses used for com­pe­ti­tion and a rare breed of sheep.

An ap­pli­ca­tion lodged with Soli­hull Coun­cil this month says that an ex­ist­ing sta­ble block at the ru­ral lo­ca­tion has been in place for over a decade.

A cover­ing let­ter from the ap­pli­cant, Stephen Clarke, said: “We would now like to change to an Amer­i­can barn to give more shel­ter and pro­tec­tion from the weather when man­ag­ing the horses, in­clud­ing mak­ing it eas­ier for the far­rier, os­teopath and vet when they visit.

“As we are land- locked, we are not over­looked and be­lieve this would not be ob­tru­sive to any­body and for the past 15 years have not had any ob­jec­tions.”

The same con­crete plinth would be used as for the ex­ist­ing sta­bles, al­though the build­ing would be a me­tre higher; the Amer­i­can barn is usu­ally char­ac­terised by a raised cen­tre, de­signed to make the space feel more open.

The plans are ex­pected to be con­sid­ered by the coun­cil in the com­ing months.

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