The Country and Land Business Association (CLA) has launched a report requesting that the government frees the equine business sector from red tape.

The report, entitled Clearing Hurdles, calls for a relaxation of restrictions on planning, insurance and tax that, it says, are currently stifling growth of the industry.

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 to 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.”

The report was launched by Olympic eventer Lucinda Green.

She added: “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.”

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