Look out horses, Heston Blumenthal is coming for lunch…

…unless you’re rearing them for their meat or hair that is.

Has everyone seen this picture doing the rounds? Apparently a farmer couldn’t get planning permission for a horse shelter so instead built a table and chairs which don’t require planning consent.

It’s a great two-fingers-to-the-bureaucrats story but sadly doesn’t seem to be true. The more probable (and more mundane) tale behind the photo is that a German timber merchant built the eye catching feature to help peddle his wares.

But to a serious planner this begs a further question. Did they need and obtain permission for what effectively is a giant advertisement?

To a less serious planner it begs the question – if you managed to breed horses  a foot high could you train monkeys to do show jumping?