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PUBLISHED: 19:00 09 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

EXPENSIVE plans to turn a village area into specialist equestrian facilities has been given the thumbs down by council planners.

EXPENSIVE plans to turn a village area into specialist equestrian facilities has been given the thumbs down by council planners.

The application was to build six stables and a tack room on land off Elmsley Lane, next to Norton Farm in Kewstoke.

But North Somerset Council has turned down the plans, saying it would be intrusive and that the area lies in a high-risk flood zone.

Proposals for the site also involved creating a hard standing surface and knocking down the existing stables.

The applicant says the parcel of land, which measures just under six acres, has trees and hedging, which would have obscured anyone seeing in from the north and west of the area.

But a council spokesman said: "The proposal will harm the openness, character and appearance of the countryside."

* Another application for an equestrian facility has been submitted to the council.

Miss Turner wants to create a riding area off Collum Lane and Elmsley Lane and her proposals are being considered by officers.

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