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Agriculture update

Helen Gough considers how horses and their various functions are treated under current planning law

9 May 2014

The role of horses in rural business is an issue that legal, tax and planning advisers come across regularly.

The Encyclopedia of Planning Law and Practice states that planning law has no regard to the nature of the creature but only to its function. Because of this, there are six different planning classifications that a horse can came under, determined by what the horse is being used for.

1. The working horse: kept and bred for use in farming land.

2. The racehorse: kept and bred not as livestock
for agricultural purposes but for sport.

3. The recreational horse: kept for the owner’s enjoyment.

4. The grazing horse. Grazing is an agricultural activity no matter what animal is doing it. Therefore, technically, if the horse is just grazing on the land then the activity is agricul...

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