Scrap pair turn stud farmers

The property off Ridge Lane Lancaster with an application to convert buildings to stables.
The property off Ridge Lane Lancaster with an application to convert buildings to stables.
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A COUPLE prosecuted three years ago for running an illegal scrap metal operation has lodged plans to develop a stud farm at the same site.

David Peters and Tracy Noble were prosecuted in 2009 for failing to register the operation at Ridge Farm, Ridge Lane, Lancaster, and ordered to pay £315,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act the following year.

Hundreds of vehicles in a state of disrepair were found at the yard by Lancashire police and Environment Agency officials.

Now, Ms Noble has applied to Lancaster City Council for planning permission to change the use of the site to enable the couple to run a stud farm.

The plan includes converting existing farm buildings into 46 livery stables, which would be leased out to horse owners, plus a tack rooms, a horse walker and 51 parking spaces.

Separate plans have been submitted for a menage to exercise horses surrounded by a stone boundary wall and there is a retrospective application for the conversion of a farm building into five stables and a tack room.

See the Lancaster Guardian (08-03-12) for full story.