BHS queries rate valuation of private manège

26th October 2010

The British Horse Society has written to the Chief Executive of the Valuation Office Agency questioning the Agency’s recent decision to rate a private manège in the New Forest.

If this decision is replicated throughout the United Kingdom, it could mean increased taxes for horse owners at a time when finances are already stretched.

The Society has asked the Agency how it distinguishes between the rateable treatment of private manèges and other private amenities, such as tennis courts and swimming pools.

The British Horse Society’s Chief Executive, Graham Cory, said: “Given the potentially wide-ranging impact of the Agency’s interpretation of the law, we intend to ask Leading Counsel for his opinion on their reply.”