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Showground refusal 'silly'

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PROTECTING a rubbish dump, old packing sheds and Tarmac by classing it as agricultural land is stopping the British Show Jumping Association from improving facilities, it has said.

PROTECTING a rubbish dump, old packing sheds and Tarmac by classing it as agricultural land is stopping the British Show Jumping Association from improving facilities, it has said.

The group has been left frustrated by Environment's refusal to allow part of the Chemin le Roi showground to be changed from agricultural to recreational use.

In the refusal notice, planning director Jim Rowles said the change would have led to an irreversible loss of agricultural land.

Local BSJA trustee Susie Farnon said the refusal was silly and challenged the ruling that the former greenhouse site was good for growing, stating that the topsoil was thin and parts of the land had old buildings on it.

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