An international footballer's plan to demolish stables and build a house with training facilities near Machynlleth has been refused.

Former Bow Street and Aberystwyth Town footballer Rhys Norrington-Davies had planned to demolish stables and build a two bedroom property split over three levels adjacent to his parents home in Talybont, Ceredigion.

The development would have included a fitness room and a hydrotherapy pool to allow the 22-year-old Sheffield United star to train and recuperate between matches while at home.

But a development control meeting at Ceredigion County Council refused the application at a meeting on Wednesday, October 13.

A planning document submitted in support of the application said Mr Norrington-Davies was seeking to provide a long term home to allow him to remain a mid Wales resident within close proximity to his family home at Tan-Y-Cae, Talybont.

"Rhys's parents are the owners of Tan-Y-Cae and he spends a significant proportion of his time at the property," it said.

"During the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic he has spent a large amount of time at his parents' dwelling and has decided that he would like to establish a long term home for himself in Ceredigion.

"The proposed new dwelling will provide a permanent residence in Ceredigion for Rhys, in a location adjoining his family home. The existing dwelling at the site is not sufficient for the needs of a professional sportsman, wheras the new development will be sufficiently sized to allow Rhys to train and recuperate between matches and in the off-season.

The plans was first presented to Ceredigion County Council’s development control committee in July.

Ceredigion County Cllr Gareth Lloyd told the BBC Local Democracy Service that "looking at the information in front of us we had to come to a decision – we couldn’t see a way of supporting this application."