Eventing legend Lucinda Green launches CLA equine business report

06 November 2013

Clearing Hurdles – launched by Lucinda Green, CLA President Harry Cotterell and Equine Business Working Group Chairman Judith Norris at Hyde Park Stables in London – said the equine industry is being held back by restrictions on planning, insurance and tax.

CLA President Harry Cotterell said: "Equine businesses are unable to develop because of planning restrictions. The CLA is calling on the Government to reform the planning system so that it is cheaper, simpler and faster to use, and recognises the limited impact of well-managed equine businesses on the environment and landscape. We want planning authorities to take a far more positive approach to equine businesses."
Mr Cotterell said the Government should consider deregulation for smaller business tenancies while respecting the rights of those who own property.

He said: "The CLA is calling on the Government to retain Small Business Rate Relief and other simply administered reliefs and to reverse the abolition of the partial exemption for empty commercial property."

The report also calls on the Government to resolve the spiralling cost of horse insurance which is forcing some equine businesses to close.

The CLA President said: "We need the Government to make good its promise to amend the 1971 Animals Act so owners are not deemed liable for incidents involving their animals that are beyond their control."

Lucinda Green said: "I am very pleased the CLA is lobbying for much-needed changes to the law and giving practical advice to equine businesses on how to overcome the challenges they face. For many in the industry, this is just the kind of leg-up they need."