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'It's unlikely this building has ever been used for horses' - Rejection for 'stables' which look more like luxury home

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A ‘stable block’ built on green belt land more closely resembled a luxury home, a planning inspector has ruled. Bolton Council said the building on the rural outskirts of the town at The Courts Yard, Boot Lane, Doffcocker, was built with discrepancies including larger than permitted windows and door openings ‘not suitable for a functioning stable’.

They also claimed that roof lights were included which were not included on the approved plans and a large opening was created on the gable elevation.

Applicant Mr J Court, who gained planning permission to to build the ‘stables’ in 2015, applied last year to convert the building into a single home.

An appeal was then lodged with the Planning Inspectorate on the grounds of ‘non determination’ by Bolton Council. In a decision published within the last week, planning inspector Paul Martinson dismissed the appeal. READ MORE:Warning after young man climbs Salford Quays bridge in 'incredibly dangerous' stunt He said: “The council argue that as a result of the discrepancies with the approved plans the building is more akin to a dwelling than the approved stables.

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