Barrow: Business owners face having home knocked down

THE OWNERS of a west Suffolk equine centre have said they will “fight” plans to knock down their unapproved home.

According to documents that will be considered by St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee, Neil and Julia Carson, who own Springfield Farm Equines on Colethorpe Lane, Barrow, have lived on the site since 2009.

Planners claim their single-storey “dwelling”, along with a linked tack room and a hay store, is unauthorised and recommended an enforcement notice that would require the removal of the buildings from the farm.

But the pair have said the move would destroy their livelihood as many horse owners demand that they live on site while providing livery and retraining services.

Mrs Carson said: “They are going to recommend to take the dwelling down and then we would lose our business. We have built it up and we can see it slipping through our fingers.”

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Planning permission for a temporary dwelling was granted in 2008 on condition that it was removed by July 2011.

But the report to the development committee report claims the resulting building breached planning control and was “not in accordance with the planning permission.”

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A retrospective application was subsequently submitted by the Carsons in September 2011, but rejected by the council in November on the grounds that the “applicant had failed to demonstrate that a sustainable enterprise had been established”

that would justify a dwelling for a worker.

Mrs Carson, who claimed the business was now making a profit and was sustainable, said they intend to appeal any enforcement notice while also submitting another application for temporary planning permission.

She added: “We will fight because it is our livelihood. We are local people trying to make an honest living.” The development control committee meet on Thursday.

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