BRICKFIELDS Horse Country could be transformed into an equestrian-themed holiday centre.
Outline planning permission is being sought for 23 log cabins, a swimming pool and sauna at the riding stables and horse breeding centre, near Binstead, which closed as a tourist attraction last year.
Kent-based applicant The Swallow Group — which operates other leisure businesses on the Island — is working with Brickfields owner Matt Legge on the scheme to provide equestrian-themed holidays.
A business plan submitted by the applicant states: "The development sets out to establish a vibrant holiday business linked to the current equestrian business already in operation. It will offer another holiday concept for the Island and broaden the options.
"The proposal will offer a very attractive venue for equestrian types. It is anticipated these holiday visitors will be a high-value, high-spending clientele. This will benefit the local economy."
Mr Legge said: "We have been looking at various options over the years and this one has a unique selling point. It’s something I think could really work for us and something we are very excited about."
However, concerns about the scheme have been raised by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE). It has not objected to the proposal but has highlighted the potential for overdevelopment if too many log cabins are built.
Both the CPRE and Havenstreet and Ashey Parish Council have also suggested conditions be imposed to prevent permanent residential use of the holiday units.
Planning permission has already been granted for an extension to the event area, which could potentially host world-class equestrian events, a two-storey extension for bed and breakfast use and a large retail unit. However, the applicant has agreed to surrender the retail element should planning permission be given for the holiday centre.