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Jockey McCoy in turbine plan row

By Amanda Poole

Jockey Tony McCoy has put plans for £2m racing stables in Berkshire on hold until a decision is made on a wind turbine planning application.

The Co Antrim man is concerned whirring blades on the proposed 35ft turbine will cause racehorses to bolt, placing riders at risk.

Contractors for the Upper Lambourn stables build were due to start work on February 1, but have been called off pending West Berkshire Council's decision.

McCoy is reported to be furious that 25 jobs and a £2m investment in the local economy has been jeopardised.

Horse trainer Gary Brown currently rents Lodge Down Stables from McCoy to exercise racehorses next to the turbine site.

The planning application is for Baydon Meadow, close to a lane where the horses are taken for their daily workout.

It's due to be built on land owned by Matt Partridge, a director of one of Britain's largest wind turbine companies REG Windpower.

In a strongly-worded letter to the council, McCoy and his wife Chanelle detail how they bought the stables in 2006 and were granted permission in 2010 to build the training complex.

An extract says: "A contractor has been commissioned to commence on February 1, 2012, but has been advised that work will not start until we are guaranteed the turbine will not be erected."

A decision on the application is expected early in the new year.

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