MILLERS Forest could have a new 'neigh'-bour with a development application for an equestrian centre lodged with Maitand City Council.
According to a statement of environment effects said the centre, which has a $1 million price tag, seeking approval to operate three main activities including weekday and weekend training, weekend competition events as well as agistment and temporary housing of horses.
The site, located at Scotch Creek Road, contains an existing dwelling and garage in the south-western corner of the site and large shed complex north of the dwelling and driveway, various ancillary structures and a horse arena with solar lighting.
The statement of environment effects noted that construction and operation of a horse arena/equestrian centre has been established at the property without Council's approval but has not been commercial used.
As part of the application, the applicant is seeking consent to regularise the unauthorised works and approval to establish the equestrian centre for commercial use.
"The Elite Equestrian establishment is proposing to offer only the highest standard in horse livery and training facilities," the statement read.
"The vision for the Centre is to become the central training grounds for local riders training the Olympic Disciplines mainly dressage, show jumping and Cross Country. However, the Centre aims to offer a variety of training and competitions to a variety of Equestrian disciplines offered to participants both locally and nationally.
"Horse showing and Polo Cross Disciplines would also be offered due to the central location of the facility."
The establishment also plans to host Equine Assisted Therapy courses for "disadvantaged persons affected by trauma, intellectual or physical disability promoting the amazing capabilities of equines across a range of disciplines".
They also have plans to establish a riding club in affiliated with Equestrian Australia which would allow them to access and run educational clinics and competitions.