Councillors reject equestrian centre plan tabled by Sir Lee

GREAT Britain Paralympian star Sir Lee Pearson has failed in his bid to build an Olympic-standard equestrian centre at his Bagnall farm.

The proposal for a 22-stable complex off Thorneyedge Road was rejected by all 14 members of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council planning committee on green belt grounds.

Sir Lee wants to create a facility for both able-bodied and disabled riders as part of his legacy.

The43 year old 11-times Paralympic gold medal winner said the proposed facilities, which included a menage and four turn-out paddocks in addition to the stable block, would enable him to carry on training and competing for his country, and also to train others from grass roots up to international level.

Before making their decision councillors considered 86 letters of objection, which included concerns about extra traffic flow on surrounding narrow country lanes and the effect the development would have on the landscape.