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Silverstone plan moves up a gear

The Development Brief area is located within both South Northamptonshire and Aylesbury Vale. This decision means that, subject to minor amendments to be agreed between the officers of the respective councils, the brief now has the approval of both authorities responsible for future planning decisions affecting the motor racing circuit.

The Brief that went out to public consultation has been dropped from the British Racing Drivers’ Clubs proposals and several other amendments have been made.

At the Cabinet meeting of South Northamptonshire Council, councillors decided to adopt the Joint Development Brief following calls for amendments to the original draft. The Brief was fully considered in the light of comments made by the public and concerns expressed by South Northamptonshire councillors.

The Joint Development Brief, which sets out the vision for the future of Silverstone, includes upgrade of circuit facilities, a manufacturer test centre, business park, two hotels and a new university campus.

The redevelopment will deliver a world-class venue for motor sport, education and high technology development that will ensure the UK remains at the forefront of the motor sport industry.

Cllr John Townsend, South Northamptonshire portfolio holder for safeguarding the rural environment, said: “We have worked hard on this master plan with our partners for a long time so I am delighted that the Joint Development Brief is being approved for this important site.

“We have taken a fresh look at the brief and have taken comments on board from the public and other councillors. The brief now means that we at last have a framework by which further applications can be judged.”

The brief does not mean planning permission is granted or that any of the land is allocated – it acts as a guide when individual planning applications come forward.