Riding centre for deafblind

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A charity is hoping to open a new riding school for deafblind people.

Sense, which supports people with the double sensory disability, has applied to South Holland District Council to convert a four-bedroom home with eight stables into the therapeutic centre in Dozens Bank, West Pinchbeck.

The house would be occupied by the centre’s manager and up to 20 deafblind adults and children could visit each day to enjoy horse riding therapy in the property’s 5.75 hectare grounds.

A design and access statement submitted by Sense says: “This venue will allow Sense to improve and increase the service given to deafblind clients and raise awareness of Sense in the community.”

As Sense is a charity there would be no charge for the clients to use the centre.

Up to three daily therapy sessions, which would be managed by at least three members of staff on site at any one time, would run between 10am and 5pm.

Planners will be told that the change of use from a residential property with livery stables would not result in an increase in traffic to the site, and there is sufficient parking to allow for two minibuses, which would be used to transport clients, horseboxes and cars.