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Stoute enjoys a home win at last; RACING PEOPLE Focus on those at the heart of the action.

SIR MICHAEL STOUTE has finally won the right to build a 'trainer's house' at Freemason Lodge stables in Newmarket, nearly 40 years after the original dwelling was demolished.

After a three-year battle with planners at Forest Heath District Council, the trainer has successfully argued that his current residence, at nearby Harlech House, is a separate entity to his training establishment.

He also said, in its present state, Freemason Lodge would be left without a dwelling for a trainer were he to sell the premises in future.

The original Freemason Lodge, a large Victorian trainer's house, was demolished by a former owner in the 1970s and not replaced.

Stoute intends to construct a two-storey house with garaging on a site bordering Bury Road, which is a vegetable plot.

Mark Barnard, FHDC historic buildings adviser, says: "In design terms, this house is a reasonable response to the site, picking up some of the materials and detail from nearby houses that date from the late 19th or early 20th century. Occupation of the dwelling should be tied to Freemason Lodge."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 20, 2011
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