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Planning officials urge refusal of de Sousa's equine scheme

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The wife of champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa has been told Forest Heath planners would be recommending refusal of her scheme to change the use of 11 acres of stud land at her Brickfield Cottage home in Exning into a thoroughbred equestrian centre.

Included in the plan was a new road for use by horseboxes of up to 18 tonnes which would be accessed via a narrow track which runs close to neighbouring properties.

Victoria de Sousa hopes to offer provision for breeding, mare and foal care and temporary boarding for animals going to Tattersalls sales as well as a floodlit manege for dressage and show jumping training for young riders.

Advising Mrs de Sousa that her application was ‘not something the Local Planning Authority are able to support’, planning officer Adam Ford said: “The proposal seeks permission for large, non-domestic vehicles to use an access point between two dwellings which is, for the part, narrow and restricted.

“The proximity of the dwellings to the proposed access results in a position whereby there is deemed to be an adverse and unacceptable impact on existing residential amenity arising through the noise, vibration and disturbance generated by vehicles.”

Suffolk Highways have also stepped in, issuing a holding refusal to the plans because of the potential danger to cyclists and pedestrians at the entrance to the access, close to Exning cemetery, where two men died in an accident two weeks ago.

Mrs de Sousa’s agent, Dennis Brocklesby, of Newmarket-based architecture and property management company Lynwood Associates Ltd, said that negotiations with Forest Heath on behalf of his client were ongoing and could include proposals for the use of an alternative access road into the Brickfield Cottage site on the other side of the cemetery.