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Olympian Ian Stark's equestrian centre bid approved

Ian Stark
Image caption Four-time Olympic silver medallist Ian Stark wants to build a new equestrian centre in the Borders

Councillors in the Borders have approved in principle plans for an equestrian centre submitted by four-time Olympic medallist Ian Stark.

He wants to build the new centre at Greenhill Farm, south of Selkirk.

He and his wife currently manage a centre at leased premises at Dryden near Ashkirk but now intend to create more modern purpose-built facilities.

Planning officials had recommended approval of the scheme but with a number of conditions attached.

Included in the plans are a new indoor riding arena and an outdoor riding area, along with floodlights.

There would also be a cafe and equestrian equipment sales area.

Planning officials want to see a number of conditions attached to the plans.

Councillors broadly agreed the proposals but they want more discussion on passing places on connecting roads from the A7.

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