A PLANNING application to build a temporary chalet and change the use of a barn to be used in a horse breeding business has attracted strong opposition from residents.

The application, submitted by Ms D Wilkinson, would see temporary accommodation built on land north of Heugh Mill Farm, Stamfordham for three years. The chalet and barn would then be used by the applicant to establish a horse breeding business.

In a planning statement from agents George F. White, the applicant acknowledged that the development “would represent inappropriate development in the Green Belt”.

However, it went on to point out that the chalet’s design was sympathetic to its surroundings and would not be harmful to the character and appearance of the surrounding area.

In addition, the application cited evidence of the necessity for a rural worker to live close to their place of work to “ensure the effective operation of an agricultural enterprise”.

Despite this, the application has received 17 objections from neighbours, which centre around the damage that would be done to the Green Belt.

Stamfordham Parish Council also objected to the application.

Its objection read: “The application is not for agricultural purposes, is totally inappropriate due to the green belt land and limited access, and the temporary dwelling aspect is not justified

“The development would result in significant harm to the character and appearance of the area, being detrimental to the nature, open and rural character of the countryside.”

It is not yet known if the application will be decided by officers or a planning committee.