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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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Plea to show red light to M-Sport test track

More than 20 people living near M-Sport’s Dovenby Hall complex have protested that plans for a multi-million-pound research and development centre there will affect their quality of life.

Looking ahead: Malcolm Wilson

The rally firm, headed by Malcolm Wilson, wants to create the M-Sport Evaluation Centre which would include a test track to develop road cars.

But 26 people have written to object to the company’s planning application.

Stefan Mrugalski, of Little Broughton, said: “If this test track is approved by our councillors then the quality of the surrounding area will be blighted by noise pollution, thereby denying the residents the right to serenity, enjoyment and comfort of our homes while dramatically impacting their value.

“The effect of the circuit will profoundly affect the quality of life of the many thousands of residents of Dovenby and the surrounding areas including Tallentire, Bridekirk, Broughton Park, Little Broughton and Great Broughton.”

Roy Stenson, of Bridekirk, said: “This quiet and tranquil area will be shattered by the noise levels from high-performance cars driven at speed around a test track.

“How such increases in noise and consequent emissions pollution meet any environmental justification is beyond me.”

Chris Lloyd, of Woodland Grange, Dovenby, said the application was “cavalier, highly speculative, lacks adequate detail” and did not take into account its effect on residents.

He said there was not enough certainty about how often the track will be used.

The plan has attracted three letters of support. It is part of a 10-year scheme which could also see a 60-bedroom hotel and 25 homes built on the edge of the Dovenby Hall estate and could create 100 new jobs.

M-Sport wants to work with manufacturers to create cutting-edge road cars. It would be the only centre in the country where cars could be designed, built, tested and then fine-tuned with parts tailor made at a single location.

Plans have been submitted to Allerdale council and will be considered by its development panel on September 2.

Eddie Ward, of agents Northern Developments, said: “All concerns will be considered and addressed through the planning authority. Our client from the outset has and remains committed to listen to and work with the local community.

“It is for that very reason they have spent over three years working with the help of world leaders in acoustics to positively manage community noise levels.

“Full details of noise control methods are detailed in the planning documents, but ongoing dialogue will continue.”

Have your say

It wouldn't matter if the proposed track was 100 miles from anyone there would still be someone who would complain. I,m sure some people make a career out of complaining and objecting to any forward thinking project going. This will provide jobs for many years to come with a business that is on the world stage. As previously commented it is over 100 miles to the nearest track from Cumbria. And although some of you may not be interested in motor sport there are many who are. Personally I would like to have seen Broughton moor dump turned into a world class racing circuit, which would have brought massive investment to the area. And an attraction that people would actually want to visit. Unlike yet another "eco" project that only a very small minority will be interested in.

Posted by Tim Skelton on 27 June 2014 at 12:26

NIMBYISM again.. Lets encourage businesses up here to provide more work or instead we will all be out of work

Posted by CoLiN on 27 June 2014 at 07:42

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