Plans For A New Equestrian Centre Are Put On Hold
There were arguments made against the proposal when it was put to the Chelmsford Council.
The idea was for land to be used at the Wheatsheaf pub, which is along the main road in Rettendon Common. Developers wanted to change the use of the pub, which has been empty since the year 2007 and build an indoor and outdoor riding arena, (to use as an equestrian show centre), a resturant and two shops.
A Facebook group was set up and it has caused a split opinion among people. Letters of support have been given to the local council.
Council Officers have recommended that it be refused, saying the scale of the equestrian part of the development would affect the landscape of the area.
Rettendon Parish Council added, the area is well served with facilities for horse riding and the proposal could generate more traffic.
However, the developers have said the scheme would provide 29 jobs and a safe environment for horse riders.
The committee, which met at the start of the month, chose to carry out a visit of the site before making a decision.