New barn is proposed for borough green belt
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.