Plans for Olympic-standard equestrian centre in Teesdale resurrected (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Plans for Olympic-standard equestrian centre in Teesdale resurrected
PLANS to develop a state-of-the art Olympic-standard equestrian centre have been resurrected.
The scheme includes an indoor riding complex with seating for 900 spectators plus four outdoor arenas at the 150-acre Hilton Moor Farm, Evenwood Gate, in Teesdale, and would create 24 full and part-time jobs.
Permission for a similar scheme at Hilton Moor Farm was granted in 2008, but never progressed due to the financial downturn, and a 2011 application to extend the time limit on the agreed plans was turned down in February 2012.
The new scheme, again submitted by Barbara and Lou Elliott, envisages an equestrian centre which would have the potential to be used as a training base for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
The proposed centre would be built on land in open countryside to the south of Evenwood Gate and north of the village of Hilton.
There would be stables, horse walkers, machinery and feed stores while other facilities would include a restaurant, toilets and offices.
Parking facilities would be big enough to cope with hundreds of horsebox trucks and horseboxes pulled by cars and vans, plus spectators' vehicles.
The centre would host up to 12 major four-day events each year, between 20 and 30 weekend meetings and a number of single day competitions held on any day of the week.
The proposals also say the complex could be used to stage concerts and corporate events.
A planning statement, drawn up by Darlington-based England and Lyle, states: “These proposals will amount to the rural diversification of an existing farm holding.”
It adds: “The proposals will attract a number of people to the area, boosting the local economy.
“The development would create significant additional employment opportunities for local residents at the site, including a general manager, marketing manager, bar, cafe and restaurant staff.
“In addition, there will be various casual and part time workers employed during busier and specific event periods.”
Unlike the 2008 scheme, the current proposals do not include plans for holiday cottages.
The proposals are available to view online at www.durham.co.uk and the closing date for any comments is September 12.
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