Plans to rebuild Sunderland stables after devastating fire which killed five horses

fire officers at the scene of stable fire, Coxgreen Road, Penshaw
fire officers at the scene of stable fire, Coxgreen Road, Penshaw
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Plans have been submitted to rebuild a stables that was destroyed in a horrific arson attack which killed five horses.

The blaze at Station House Stables, in Coxgreen Road, Penshaw, happened in the early hours of Monday, April 20.

fire officers at the scene of stable fire, Coxgreen Road, Penshaw

fire officers at the scene of stable fire, Coxgreen Road, Penshaw

Five animals perished in the fire, but 15 managed to escape thanks to the actions of a passing policewoman.

Parents of horse owners told of their devastation at the incident, which, following a joint investigation by Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service was deemed to be arson.

Almost £2,800 was collected from well-wishers to help the stables and those who owned horses which died to recover from the tragedy.

Now, a planning application has been handed in to Sunderland City Council proposing the construction of new stables, a barn and office building along with the formation of access for vehicles.

The proposed development will consist of low level buildings similar in size to the original buildings and on this basis the street scene will remain unchanged and if anything be improved.

Planning application statement

Developers want the rebuild carried out in the next few months so that “horses can be re-sheltered for the coming winter”.

The application reads: “The existing access leading into Cox Green will remain unchanged maintaining the existing gates into the stables.

“A new vehicular access will be formed onto Cox Green Road in the location of the existing access gates.

“The proposed development will consist of low level buildings similar in size to the original buildings and on this basis the street scene will remain unchanged and if anything be improved.”

The aftermath of the blaze at the Station Road stables in Coxgreen Road, Penshaw.

The aftermath of the blaze at the Station Road stables in Coxgreen Road, Penshaw.

Consultation over the plans, which are on the authority’s planning website, ends on Monday, June 22.

A decision on whether to approve the application is expected by mid-July.