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Ambitious plans for heart of motorsport industry

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Date Published: 08/10/07

Residents living in and around Silverstone will get the chance to add their views to a major planning document with ambitious plans that could improve and modernise the famous Silverstone motor racing circuit. The circuit sits at the heart of the...

Residents living in and around Silverstone will get the chance to add their views to a major planning document with ambitious plans that could improve and modernise the famous Silverstone motor racing circuit.

The circuit sits at the heart of the motorsport industry with links to many motorsport activities across the country. The international status of the circuit has led to it becoming a focus for motorsport education, technology and employment as well as a tourist and leisure destination.

As the circuit falls into both Aylesbury Vale District Council and South Northamptonshire Council areas, they have jointly put together a planning document called a draft development brief. This provides guidance on the type of development that could be acceptable so that Silverstone can keep and strengthen its international role as a world-class motorsport facility.

The development brief explains how this could be done in a sustainable way by maximising the social and economic benefits the circuit brings locally and to the region, and minimising the impact on the environment.

The development brief suggests a range of developments including:
• The continuing development of the technology park
• An education campus
• New business park
• Hotels and restaurants
• Housing next to Silverstone village
• A welcome centre with a museum
• An arena including an exhibition area and range of motoring activities.

All the proposals could be linked to and support motorsport, especially the technology park and the education campus. The aim would be to create a centre for motorsport technology, a rural employment centre and a tourist destination for those interested in motorsport.

Aylesbury Vale District Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Councillor Carole Paternoster, said:  “A large part of the Silverstone circuit falls within AVDC’s boundaries and the council has a keen interest in what happens there. The FI British Grand Prix weekend is just one of the many events held at Silverstone each year but its contribution alone to the local economy is estimated at around £40 million.

“The loss of this race would also jeopardise the viability of the circuit in the longer term and the many local jobs it supports. Improvements have to be made to the circuit and the facilities at Silverstone to secure the future viability of the site and retain the F1 British Grand Prix in future years. There are some very exciting new proposals being put forward within the AVDC area, including a science park and education campus.”

South Northamptonshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Councillor Mary Clarke, said: “We are very proud to have Silverstone in our district and want to do all we can to enhance its reputation by improving the facilities. The development will support Silverstone as the home of the British Grand Prix and as a motorsport venue generally.

“We are interested in what people think of these plans and will take all comments into account and make changes to the brief if necessary.”

There are lots of ways for people to comment on the proposals in the development brief, which will be available from Tuesday 16 October. Residents can download the document from www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk or www.southnorthants.gov.uk

Copies will also be available at Towcester and Brackley libraries, the council offices in Towcester and Buckingham, and the Tourist Information Centre in Brackley. There will also be an exhibition of the plans in St Michaels Church Rooms, Little London, Silverstone on Friday 19 October from 11.30am to 8pm and Saturday 20 October from 10am to 5pm

Residents can send comments to:

Email: CommentSCircuit.uk@HyderConsulting.com
Post: Silverstone Circuit Comments
Freepost RRLY-GUSZ-EUYY
5th Floor
The Pithay
All Saints Street
Bristol
BS1 2NL

Fax:  01327 322270

The consultation lasts until 26 November 2007. It is hoped the final development brief will be adopted in 2008.

 

Contact information

Telephone:

01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk