Rasen course plan for riding holidays

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A caravan site aimed at the riding set, with stables for the horses, has been proposed for Market Rasen.

Legsby Road couple Ian and Lyndsey Horstwood have submitted plans to West Lindsey District Council which they hope will boost tourism in the area.

They have applied to build a site for 24 caravans, together with shop and toilet block on paddock land at Race View, Legsby Road.

The site, further out of town than the racecourse, was once the site of the previous Market Rasen Golf Club.

“It’s going to be a small, family-run site of 24 pitches,” Ian told the Rasen Mail.

It would aim to attract people who use the Lindsey Trial, a 69-mile route used by riders and hikers.

“We can also accommodate their horses,” he said.

The couple presently have a small-holding, though Ian also works in a factory, a job he would like to give up to focus on the caravan site.

“The site is going to be in keeping with the area. The toilet block will be based on a stables design. We will focus on the equine side of things. It will bring trade to Market Rasen,” he said.

The planning application said the caravan site would open from April to October, though it hopes for a June 2015 start.

Grazing and livery for up to five horses will be offered so guests can enjoy the bridleways of the area.

Pets would also be welcome, plus there would be a shop and office.

“Race View Touring Park” would cover 5ha, including a wildflower reserve, with 1ha taken up by the buildings and pitches.

The caravan site would also be well-screened so it would not create any visual or landscape issues and the project would help diversify the rural economy with “appropriate tourism and leisure activities,” the application added.