PLANS have been submitted to turn part of riding therapy centre into offices.

The proposal, for Morelands Copse Farm, near Fisher’s Pond, would see buildings fitted out as offices, with the Hampshire Riding Therapy Centre charity operating on a smaller scale from an adjacent site.

The plans have attracted more than 20 objections, focusing on the impact on wildlife and an increase in traffic.

John Beck, of Hensting Lane, wrote to planners to say: “I have grave concerns that Rekan (who are behind the application) will turn this area of the South Downs National Park into an industrial area.”

There were no objections from highways officers, providing parking was constructed on site.

James Everton, Rekan managing director, wrote: “The proposed occupation...does not involve access by construction vehicles. We do not consider that there will be a worsening in traffic movements. It is worth noting that the previous use involved larger vehicles.”

Due to the objections, the application could be referred to committee for a decision.