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Horse training site near Stafford approved despite traffic fears

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

By Kerry Ashdown

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THE GREEN light has been given for a manege near Stafford despite objections from nearby residents.

The plans, which also included floodlighting, meter cubicle and brickwork piers at the existing site entrance on land off Bishton Lane, Wolseley Bridge, had previously been considered by Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee in October but deferred because of queries about the power supply for the lighting.

There had been concerns raised about the impact on the local environment and residents if a generator was used.

Other issues raised included traffic safety, as access from the site was described as difficult and dangerous, light pollution from the floodlighting and the proposed site being on the green belt.

But at Thursday’s committee councillors approved the plans. The meeting was told that lights would be powered by mains electricity so a generator was not needed. Conditions for approval included the manege’s use for private equestrian purposes only, not commercial usage, and a limit on floodlighting use to 8am to 8.30pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 8.30pm on Saturdays and not at all on Sundays and bank holidays.

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