Midlands council backs motorsport facility despite noise concerns

Plans to create a motorsport facility on agricultural land in the Midlands have been approved despite objections from local councils and residents over noise.

Motorcross: Midlands facility approved
Motorcross: Midlands facility approved

Daventry District Council’s planning committee granted permission, subject to conditions, for the change of use of a 4.5 hectare slice of an arable field into a motocross training facility.

The VIP Motocross scheme would see the site near junction 18 of the M1 transformed into two motocross tracks, a car park, an office, a briefing room and other facilities.

According to a planning report, the application was a resubmission of an earlier proposal that was refused permission on grounds including inappropriate development in a rural location and detraction from local amenities.

A decision on the latest application was deferred last month to allow for a site visit by councillors and advice from a noise consultant.

The report said that Crick, Yelvertoft and Lilbourne Parish Councils all objected to the plans, with noise levels a chief concern for all three.

The Ramblers Association and the British Horse Society also voiced opposition to the scheme, and 18 letters of objection were received from neighbours.

The planning report said that a new noise assessment, and the conditions imposed on the planning permission, were sufficient to conclude that "the proposal would not result in excessive noise impacts on the surrounding countryside including individual isolated properties or nearby settlements".

Conditions recommended by the report included limiting operation of the track to four days per week, and measures to exclude bikes exceeding noise standards.

The report added: "In principle this type of activity is judged to be an acceptable and appropriate use of land in a relatively isolated location in open countryside away from existing settlements."


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