Recommendation for Equestrian Buildings Planning Consultants, Planning Consultants for Equestrian Building,Stables,Menages,American Barns
Planning Consultants
Equestrian Design are specialists in planning
for new stables, menages, outbuildings &
other equestrian facilities
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Please view a selection of excerpts from testimonials that we have received:

Project : American style barn on greenfield site, arena lighting.

I had worked with a different consultant previously who assured me, that with a small amount of assistance, I could apply for planning permission on my own.

That turned out to be an expensive mistake. I turned to Andy to sort it out, which he did effectively and professionally, without any criticism of my blunders. He liaised with the planning department and amended my original plans to make them successful as we were in a Green Belt area. He is down to earth and practical, very approachable and clearly understands the subtle nuances of the mysteries of planning. He was able to assist and point me in the right direction for arena lighting, bat surveys etc as well.

Highly recommended. Don't make my mistake of trying to do it yourself or using a lesser mortal.

Go to Andy and get the job done right the first time!

Kathryn Williams, Spring Vale Farm, Green Haworth

Project : Planning approval for a 10 box american barn, yard area and 20m x 60m menage.

Myself and my husband purchased a barn and land with no planning over 18 months ago once we had been granted full residential planning on the barn to convert to our family home we thought it was time to call Andy from equestrian design to organise planning for the equestrian side.

Andy has been a very important part of our team and with his attention to detail and shear knowledge of the equestrian planning he has managed to pass planning at the first attempt for a 10 box American barn and a 20m x 60m arena, at what can be a challenging planning department (West Lancs Council).

Myself and my husband are so happy as now we are set to start our next chapter of our dreams None of this would have been achievable without Andy's expertise.

Mrs A Wilson, Rainford, Merseyside

Project : Stable block in West Yorkshire.

Been a typical tight pursed horse owner I was sceptical about paying someone to guide us through the planning process, how wrong I was! My partner initially spoke with Andy and persuaded me into instructing an initial site visit by Andy. On meeting with Andy I found him to be knowledgeable, professional yet friendly, approachable, hard working and very motivated, he obviously enjoys his job. After the site visit we instructed Andy to apply for planning permission on our behalf. To my delight we now have planning permission for our stables, to the rear of our property, every horsey girls dream! I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Andy and I am very glad we used his services.

Project : New stable block in Chilterns AONB, in view of footpath

Having read and referred to the national planning framework and all policies relevant to our application, we were quite confident when we submitted our own amateur application to the local authority. We expected a dialogue with them ,probably some compromise, but were completely unprepared at the brick wall we came up against, despite our best efforts to keep the local parish council on board. I rang Andy in desperation, having looked at this website just before we were turned down, and he was reassuring, from then on taking us through the process, providing incredibly accurate and detailed drawings, which he discussed with us on skype following a site visit, and running each draft through with us before final submission. We were at all times fully in charge of what we wanted to apply for, and what we wanted to submit. Andy knows what is relevant, and how to overcome reasons which prevent approval. He always rang back as soon as he was available, and as always it is the little things that make the difference.

In our case we were impressed that he was always happy to speak to either of us, or both on skype at the same time, and would copy everything back to both of us. Andy is busy, and deserves to be, but he will make time for you. We got the permission we wanted and would highly recommend Equestrian Design.

Liz and Phil Conran, Walters Ash, High Wycombe, Bucks

Project : Planning application for menage lighting.

After initially submitting planning for menage lighting myself and having it rejected due to objections and none compliance. I was aware of a planning application managed by Andy which was complex and had many objections, he was however, successful. I was impressed by this and thought this is my man! Professional at every stage of the process, providing clear and accurate information and reassurance along the way. Andy re-submitted my planning application and even through it had to go to Committee due to concerns from the Council and neighbour's, we were successful, Andy was also commended by the Council for his professionalism. Would definately recommend him and am extremely grateful.

Sue Benson, Sibberings Farm, Half Acre Lane, Blackrod, Bolton.

Project : Planning application for a stable block

I was delighted with the service Andy Woodward of Equestrian Design gave me during my planning application. I was refused permission twice while using other more generalist agents. Andy's specialist knowledge and his professional approach was fantastic. I would strongly recommend him for any equestrian planning application work, I learnt about the importance of the specialist knowledge the hard way!

Paul Cassidy, Storth Meadow Farm, Glossop

Project : 40m x 20m Menage& adjoining turnout area

I first called Andy at Equestrian Design long before I was in a position to build a menage (I hadn't even bought the property at that stage) and he was endlessly helpful, informative and knowledgeable on the phone, even though there was no immediate prospect of us putting in a planning application. So once we were in a position to apply for planning permission, I had no doubts about where I would go for help. We could probably have put the application in ourselves but there were enough potential problems that we decided it was worth hiring a professional to help us through the process. And I am so glad we did. As things progressed it became evident that, if we had done it ourselves, we would have made a whole range of mistakes, any one of which could have delayed - or even prevented the granting of permission. As it was, with Andy at the helm, the whole thing sailed through planning and we now have ourselves a lovely arena and adjoining turnout area, completed in plenty of time for winter. I cannot recommend Andy Woodward and Equestrian Design highly enough. He provides a friendly, personalised, professional service that is invaluable if you aren't familiar with the minefield that is planning.

Just do it!

Mrs Douglas, Baddiley, Cheshire

Project : Planning for an American barn and arena.

Andy ensured that we got exactly what we wanted and in 6 weeks. He dealt with queries from the council and made the whole process painless.

James Potter, Ripley, Derbyshire

Project : Planning application for change to equestrian use and construction of 8 bay American Barn

Without Andy, I am sure I wouldn't have got the application approved yet, if at all, as I wanted an American barn, which my council 'stopped approving several years ago'!!! It still took 10 1/2 months due to the incompetence of NEDDC.

I engaged Andy because I know nothing about the requirements for obtaining planning approval, so even to get an appropriate case together could have taken me months. I wanted to be settled into my new field and barn within 6 months. Also, I am too emotionally involved with the whole project and I knew I would be likely to lose my temper at points with the council. That still happened anyway but Andy was that much needed buffer. Thank you Andy.

It is now just over a year since I purchased the land and I have only just secured the approval. I am now getting quotes for the work, then appointing contractors, the build (unlikely to happen in Jan/Feb) then the electrics, all before I can move the horses there. At this rate it will be getting on for 18 months since I bought the field. But how long would it have been if I'd tried to do it myself I wonder.

You should always engage a professional to do the specialist jobs and I can wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommend Andy / Equestrian Design. Although you may not yet realise it, you need him, so just hire him now and save yourself time, money and stress in the long run.

Thank you again Andy.

Claire Brooks

Project : Planning for new stables and arena

We cannot recomend Andy highly enough he helped in every stage of the planning process and we got planning fisrt time!!! we have recomended Andy to many of our friends who he has also helped with thier planning problems. WE Are now settled in our lovely stables thanks to Andy. Thanks also for the recomendations for stable bulidings etc.

John Charnock

Project : Complete range of equestrian facilities with barn and menege, garden application and agricultural
                 restriction lifted for domestic use for the house

I have written many testimonials for people, but this is the hardest one, as I simply cannot put into words what Equestrian Design have done for me. After nearly 2 years of working together in order to achieve all the planning I needed has been a nightmare working with Harrogate Borough Council, every obstacle was thrown at us and it became such a stressful time, but working with Andy Woodward was just amazing, he gave me the confidence to carry on and the strength to see it to the end. We have now all our planning through successfully and I just can't put into words how truly grateful I am. It has been lovely to meet someone with so much knowledge, experience but still the level of care and passion that is needed to keep planning department, enforcement officers at bay! Do not look any further, you won't regret meeting Equestrian Design.

Angela Sykes-Brown

Project : New stables, yard and menage, Sandiway near Northwich

Andy Woodward of Equestrian Design has helped me realise a dream - a stable yard, paddocks and menage of my own. What Andy doesn't know about equestrian design and the planning process probably isn't worth knowing! Although we had some rough ideas of what we wanted, Andy was able to turn our thoughts into reality. We also had no previous experience getting planning approval for an equestrian development. Extremely helpful from start to finish Andy ensured our planning application went through without a hitch. Andy's input into the Design and Access statement was invaluable (we didn't even know one was needed, let alone know where to start!). We have no hesitation in recommending Andy to others.

Mrs R Tranter

Project : New Yard including Stable Block and menage

An enormous thank you Andy for all your hard work and perseverance in our incredibly difficult application. We had no idea at the beginning that an 8 week application would turn into 7 months of battling, but there is absolutely no doubt that we would not have obtained permission without your expertise and sheer determination. You approached each conversation or email with the same level of commitment on day 1 as you did on day 211, and we are very appreciative of your thoroughness and professionalism.

We would be very pleased to recommend Equestrian Design to anyone we know needing planning services, and if you wish to pass our details onto any prospective customers so we can tell them about our good experience with your company, please feel free to do so. We will send you some finished photos when our yard is built.

Mr & Mrs Baxter - Gloucestershire

Project : New stables - Lancashire

I am very grateful for the excellent service offered by Andy Woodward of Equestrian Design and would highly recommend him to anyone who requires assistance with the planning process.

Having never embarked upon a project of this nature before, I searched the internet for a company who could assist me. I knew the type of stable design I wanted but the planning process seemed complicated and a minefield.

During my initial phone call to Andy, he was very generous with his time and general advice before I had even employed his services!

Andy is a professional with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in this field. He kept me fully informed of each stage of the planning process, was very thorough in his supporting documentation and constantly liaised with the Planning Department to ensure that my stable proposals were successfully accepted.

Andy - Many thanks again for all your assistance - couldn't have done it without you!

Mrs Frances (Lancashire)

Project : Planning Application for Covered Menage.

Having never previously embarked on a planning application of this magnitude, the Trustees were well aware of the need to engage professional help. Having found the Equestrian Design website, we contacted Andy and were quickly impressed with his professionalism. Throughout the application process, Andy showed the highest level of commitment to our organisation and understanding of our needs. His close liaison with the Planning Dept and his ability to produce detailed supporting documentation ensured the best possible chance of success. We are extremely grateful to Andy for his help and would not hesitate to recommend Equestrian Design Services

Camsley Grange RDA Group, Rixton, Cheshire

Project : Planning for New Stables and Extending Outdoor School

I would thoroughly recommend Andy from Equestrian Designs he has been very professional and sorted our planning out without any problems.  From start to finish the whole process has been well organised, excellent communication and hassle free!

Many Thanks Andy.

Mrs Catherine Rayner

Project : Planning Application

Just wanted to drop you a line with the invoice payment to just say a HUGE thank you for all you have done to finally get my planning application through.

As you know when I contacted you I had already had my planning application knocked back twice despite me using a planning consultant to get things through. This was all at a great deal of expense, stress and upset to me. I was in battle with the Environment Agency and Natural England along with the Council for over a year.. I never do anything by half!

Engaging you, however, was the best thing I could have done. It really is a case of horses for courses when getting equestrian planning and you knew exactly how to proceed to get the outcome we were looking for. You were always understanding of my needs and did everything you could to ensure the process was less stressful for me.

I can't tell you how grateful I am; I would and will highly recommend your services to anyone who needs an equestrian design consultant.

Agains many thanks,

Mrs H J Cushion

Project : New Stable Block, Frodsham, Cheshire
An excellent and first class service. Having never been involved in the processes associated with making a planning application before, we were looking for sound advice and guidance from a professional in the field. From the outset, Andy provided us with an excellent service, which not only included advice about planning requirements, he also gave us sound advice about stable layouts and thoughts about
the future as our equestrian needs develop. I have recommended Equestrian Design to a number of
friends and would have no hesitation in using them again if the need ever arises in the future

Mrs A. Ashton
Project : New Stable Yard
My sister and I thought buying the land woud be the biggest hurdle but we couldn't have been more wrong! We found out very quickly we knew nothing about bulding a stable yard from nothing but thanks to Andy who put together the plans,acted as agent with the planning department, liased with the environmentalist and also recommended the company for the ground work our horses have now settled into their new home in time for the winter. They would not be there now without all Andy's knowledge and help.

Lesley Bridgwater Middleton
Project : New Forest National Park
Would like to recommend Andy from Equestrian Design. We had moved our menage and had to apply for retrospective planning in the New Forest National Park, who are quite picky about the projects they approve. I made an application myself which was rejected so I then got in contact with Andy who took the job on with no problems. He re applied using all the proper planning talk, he was in contact with the planning authority throughout and saw the application through until it was approved. It was an excellent service and I have already recommended him to some body else who has a retrospective planning issue

S Brown Hampshire
Project : New Stables

You will be pleased to know that John started the groundwork for the stables yesterday which when you consider we were planning for work to start mid October is actually ahead of schedule despite the best efforts of planning departments to slow things down!

I can't tell you how pleased I am that we have got to this stage on schedule. As you know we moved to a new property and needed the stables built by the winter so having the plans approved with minimal delay was imperative. your preparation of the plans were impressive, with the field layout now and what it would be like after work was completed. This meant that my neighbors could see the plans and could see the plans and give their views before being submitted. With your design statement and supporting information letter accompanying the application, meant that almost all possible questions from the planning department had already been answered in the initial application.

Despite this preparation the planning department still made mistakes potentially delaying the project significantly and I still can't believe you got them to ensure that, despite this, plans were approved ahead of schedule. I believe that I could not have made them do this on my own but as a professional in this field you had the presence and knowledge to argue the case successfully.

Mr Mark Harby
Project : Stables and Ménage - Ormskirk, Lancashire
I found Andy Woodward of Equestrian Design to be an extremely helpful and knowledgeable Consultant. He gave me good advice about what would be required and a good indication about the chances of success for the application. He also gave me good advice about the best way to organise contractors, choice of supplier etc. I would recommend him very highly to anybody who requires assistance with planning applications for Equestrian needs.

Mrs Wray - Ormskirk, Lancashire
Project : Ménage and Hard Standing Areas
We would highly recommend Andy Woodward of Equestrian Design. He is extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and he was able to explain everything about the planning process in a clear and understandable way. He developed our original ideas and offered suggestions to improve on them. He took the worry out of everything by acting as agent on our behalf during the planning process, the whole project ran very smoothly indeed and we would certainly use him again if the need arose.

Mr & Mrs Wilson - Kendal, Cumbria.
Project : New Ménage, Hard Standing Areas and Stable Block
We would have no hesitation in recommending Andy Woodward of Equestrian Design. It was obvious from the start that Andy is committed to providing an excellent service, he is very generous with both his time and his knowledge. He explained the whole planning process in a clear and concise manner, he offered sound advice and solutions to ensure that the completed project fully met our requirements. Andy managed the whole planning process on our behalf, he gave sound advice over selection of the suppliers and materials and helped to supervise the construction of part of the works as well. We are two very satisfied customers.

Mr & Mrs Houghton - Macclesfield, Cheshire.

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