Woman vows to keep up fight over land for horses

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A WOMAN that runs a horse riding stables has vowed to continue to her fight after the council turned down her request to open for extra hours.

Ros Snowdon, who runs TLC for Horses in Hook Park Road, Warsash, put in a planning application to extend the use of the field, and put up a storage container, portable toilet and three parking spaces.

Her application went before Fareham Borough Council’s planning committee in April and was granted but the field could not be used during the daytime in the week.

But Mrs Snowdon, 64, said: ‘We have been limited on our hours of use, which is causing a great deal of problems.

‘I take along children with special needs from two children’s homes that are local to our area.

‘They are now unable to come along to our paddock.

‘We’re a very small, non-profitable riding establishment and we just want to continue to do our work in peace.’

Mrs Snowdon appealed the councillors’ decision and took the application back to the planning committee at its last meeting.

She requested that they allow her to use the site for seven hours in the daytime spread over a week.

But her request was refused by councillors, who were unsure about access arrangement and whether parents would be prepared to park at the end of Hook Park Road and walk half a mile down a country track to get to the paddock.

A petition containing 65 names was handed in to the council in opposition to the plans, which Mrs Snowdon said was collected from dog walkers who were misled about where the paddock was.

Three letters of objection from houses that back on to the field were sent to the council. 
 The councillors refused the request for the hours because of overuse of the site, which they said could be harmful to the surrounding area, and the additional traffic on the road.

The establishment has 27 horses, the majority of which are rescued, which are grazed the Hook Park Lane site and another in Sarisbury Green.

Mrs Snowdon said she was going to put in an appeal to an independent inspector.

She said: ‘We’re all very upset.

‘We would like to continue our work and would like to know why we have been refused extra hours during the week that sit alongside children’s timetables.’