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An internationally-renowned stud farm is breathing a sigh of relief after controversial plans to build a five-acre waste crushing plant on neighbouring land were rejected.

Littleton Stud, based near Winchester, Hampshire, produces horses that compete at the highest level - including 'wonder horse' Frankel.

However, fears were sparked for the future of the farm after an application was lodged to build waste plant, nearly five-acres large, nearby. 

The proposed centre would have installed an industrial-scale crushed to deal with 75,000 tonnes of waste a year - and would operate six days a week and occasionally overnight.

Internationally-renowned stud farm Littleton Stud (circled), near Winchester, Hampshire, has been spared from having a five-acre waste centre built on nearby land (boxed out) after proposals were rejected by Hampshire County Council

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Internationally-renowned stud farm Littleton Stud (circled), near Winchester, Hampshire, has been spared from having a five-acre waste centre built on nearby land (boxed out) after proposals were rejected by Hampshire County Council

Littleton's general manager David Bowe (pictured) was 'delighted' by the council's decision to reject the waste centre proposal

Littleton's general manager David Bowe (pictured) was 'delighted' by the council's decision to reject the waste centre proposal

Littleton Stud objected to the plans, claiming the dust and noise created would have affected the 'peace and tranquillity' needed for horse breeding.

However, the council planning officer recommended that the proposal be approved and civic chiefs said they faced a difficult decision. 

After a three-hour Hampshire County Council meeting the plans were eventually rejected, with Littleton general manager David Bowe 'delighted' by the decision. 

David said: 'I don't think you can expect a planning result one way or the other but we were very happy it ruled in our favour.

'We were delighted, it was something that we had feared because the stud has been here since 1913 and we just expect to be left to do our business.

Littleton Stud objected to the plans, claiming the dust and noise created would have affected the 'peace and tranquillity' needed for horse breeding

Littleton Stud objected to the plans, claiming the dust and noise created would have affected the 'peace and tranquillity' needed for horse breeding

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