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Appeal: Horse insemination ‘not a sporting activity’

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Plans for an equine reproduction and rehabilitation centre in Hertfordshire’s green belt have been refused, after an inspector rejected claims that it would be ‘in support’ of sporting activity and therefore exempt from green belt restrictions.

The proposal sought permission for facilities aiding “the reproduction of horses, including semen collection and insemination”, as well as “specialist recuperation facilities following injury or surgery”. The appellant referred to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which states that facilities for outdoor sport are exempt from green belt restrictions, as........
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