DC Casebook: Leisure and Recreation - Camping permitted at karting circuit

Go-kart users at a disused airfield in the Wirral green belt have been permitted to camp during race weekends after an inspector determined that it would not undermine local residents' amenity.

Planning permission had been granted in 2005 on the basis that karting involved an outdoor sport and was appropriate in the green belt. The land was used seven days a week. The appellants sought approval for overnight camping during specialist race events on 11 weekends each year. This was prevented by a condition stipulating that the site was not allowed to be open after 8pm on any day.

The inspector noted that camping had taken place on race weekends for the past two-and-a-half years and no complaints had been made by residents living 400m away. While conceding that overnight camping would increase the amount of activity at the site, she found little evidence that this was intrusive or harmful to local residents. As well as lifting the condition, she also permitted the maintenance of karts outside existing buildings.

DCS Number 100-064-441

Inspector Jacqueline North; Inquiry


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