AN equestrian centre has submitted a planning application to build a home adjacent to its approved stabling complex.
The moves comes after Provence Equestrian, in Foxt, was refused permission to build a bungalow at the site and an appeal against the decision was dismissed by a government inspector.
The business, which is owned by Patrick and Pam Stimpson, had previously won approval from the council to build a two-storey house.
But the couple, who breed Arab horses, said that the business required more flexibility and larger accommodation including a ground floor meet and greet section for their clients, who come from Kuwait, Dubai and the Emirates to the Moorlands.
In a design and access statement produced for the latest application by consultant John Wren it states: "The only change in the business since it was explained to Mr Wood is that others contacts have been made with overseas clients.
"Local companies producing equipment for horses have also been introduced to overseas buyers.
The applicants know that, if their business is to fulfil the potential offered by their overseas contacts, the accommodation now proposed is needed urgently."
Internally the dwelling proposed have four bedrooms.
The main part of the house will also contain the office and staff canteen but the clients facilities are to be housed in a pitched roof single storey element which has been designed to be visually subordinate to the main house.
Planning inspector Alan Wood dismissed the appeal on the grounds that a single story building would be out of keeping with the surrounding development.
He said: "I observed that New Cottages is in the form of two adjacent terraces of two storey dwellings and is located in reasonable close proximity to the appeal site sharing a common access off Foxt Road.
"Given the distance of the appeal site to the village and the break in built development between this part of Foxt and the main village, the primary relationship of any building on the appeal site would be the nearby dwellings.
"In light of this, a single storey form of building would be out of keeping with the surrounding development in this location."
However in his report Mr Wood acknowledged that a dwelling would enable the business to grow and create job opportunities.
He added: "From the evidence before me and the information provided at the hearing, I am in no doubt that the creation of the proposed level and nature of residential accommodation and ancillary facilities at the appeal site would enable the appellant's business to grow to meet the demands of its current client base and also to expand it.
“There is a stable and storage building next to the appeal site and the appellant's owns a significant area of grazing land in the area surrounding the site.
“However, in the absence of any permanent presence on the site, the stables are not currently used for accommodating the horses due to security issues.
"The creation of a dwelling and ancillary facilities on the appeal site would overcome this constraint and enable the company to increase the number of horses which could be bred and stabled."
A decision on the application is expected within the next eight to 12 weeks.