A final decision on whether to greenlight a proposal to redevelop a historic horse training yard in the Green Belt is expected to be made today.

The late 18th century site right next to Epsom Downs Racecourse was once home to Eclipse, a thoroughbred from whom most of today’s bloodstock is believed to have been come from.

The proposal submitted in late June is going to Epsom and Ewell Borough Council’s planning committee this evening (December 13) for a final decision.

Richard McGonigal, an architect involved in the project, said: “It’s quite a historical site. It’s of significance to the racing population and has made history.

“It’s been left to fall in rack and ruin. It’s completely derelict. About 12 months ago, when the current owner bought the site, his objective has been to bring it back to life.”

If it goes ahead, the proposal would see the demolition of the existing stables at Downs House and the construction of brand new American barns as well as trainer’s and groom’s accommodation.

The redevelopment of the site located in the Green Belt would provide stabling for up to 80 horses, including feed rooms and wash boxes, and a 250m all weather track.