A novel use has been found for a disused pub in Essex, England: it is being converted into an equestrian centre.
Approval for the centre was granted at a packed planning meeting in Chelmsford on Tuesday night,
The proposal will see the derelict Wheatsheaf in Rettendon, a village of 600, turned into a riding centre. The development will include a restaurant, post office and two shops.
The website reports that multi-millionaire David Bishop, 62, will spend £500,000 transforming the pub, which ceased trading in 2006 and sold at auction two years later.
He wants to hand over the running of the centre to a charity.