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Ian Stark has been granted planning permission to build an international-standard equestrian centre near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.

The centre, which will incorporate indoor and outdoor arenas, 35 stables, a café and a shop, will be built at 500-acre Greenhill Farm, following the expiry of the lease on the former Olympic eventer’s current premises in Dryden, Ashkirk.

The development will also include a network of bridle paths around the farm and Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) facilities.

Officials from the planning office and local council broadly agreed the plans, subject to additional passing places on link roads from the nearby A7 to improve road safety.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (20 June 2013)