We have objected to a planning application for an indoor riding-arena at Rocky Lane Farm, Rotherfield Greys in South Oxfordshire. The site adjoins a public footpath.
The proposed development is a massive, ugly, steel barn which would be visible from many public paths. We argue that, at over seven metres high, the building would be seen from the public footpath which runs alongside the site, because it would tower over the fence and hedge, generating an unpleasant enclosed atmosphere on the public footpath.
This structure, which would look like a warehouse on an industrial estate, would be visible not only from the adjacent footpath but from other nearby footpaths and bridleways. It would spoil people’s enjoyment of these attractive routes and have a severe impact on the natural beauty of landscape.
A development of this size and scale is inappropriate in this sensitive location in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.