Westcountry Land & Homes gets go-ahead for new equestrian centre

South West Equine Protection (SWEP), the charity which helps moorland ponies from Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor who are suffering from neglect or injury, has been granted planning permission for a new equestrian centre to be built. The charity currently has 50 ponies in its care and has cared for more than 400 since it was started by volunteers in 1996.

The new equestrian centre will be built in Yelverton, Devon and will feature an outdoor school, a barn, round pen, stabling and an isolation stable block. “Having all of our facilities in one place will save significant amounts of time and money, as we will no longer have to travel to the many different yards in the area”, says SWEP’s managing director Adele Cassidy. “Most importantly of all, the new centre will be better for the ponies. We’ll have more time to spend with them since we won’t lose time on travel. This means that we will be able to progress the ponies faster and safer with the purpose built facilities. This in turn will mean the ponies could be rehomed sooner, making room for new cases if needed.”

SWEP chose to work with Westcountry Land & Homes because the developer offered more than a design service.

“Westcountry Land & Homes gave us more than a drawing, they gave us an excellent design and then secured planning permission for the centre despite local opposition. John managed the whole process for us, which let us spend our time focussing on the ponies,” says Adele.

John Schuttkacker, co-director of Westcountry Land, says: “SWEP is such an important charity, making a huge difference to the lives of moorland ponies. It was a pleasure to design the perfect space for this type of work and we’re delighted to have secured planning permission.”