PLANS to convert and extend a stable block for use as holiday accommodation in the north of the county have been rejected.

Mr and Mrs Mabbett of Fosburys Field, Crowood Lane in Ramsbury applied to the council to convert stables on their land into tourist accommodation.

In rejecting the bid, planning officers said the development would detract from the rural character of the surrounding landscape.

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Officers added: “Due to the distance to local services, facilities and amenities, occupants of a dwelling on the site would likely be heavily reliant on the use of private motor transport for the majority of day to day activities, contrary to the principles of sustainable development and the aims of reducing the need to travel, contrary to Wiltshire Core Strategy Core Policy 60 and Core Policy 61.”