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Donington planning decision delayed.

Donington Park will be forced to wait to discover if the proposed redevelopment of the circuit can take place after a planning decision was delayed until the New Year.

The venue was due to discover this month whether or not the proposed changes could take place, but North West Leicestershire District Council has now announced that the final call on the redevelopment has been delayed until 27 January 2009.

Having been named as the new home of the British Grand Prix from 2010 in a ten-year deal earlier this year, Donington applied for planning permission to help bring the venue up to the standards required for Formula One – with an extension of the circuit and the development of a new pit and paddock complex at the centre of the plans.

However, officials have now ruled that a full environmental impact assessment is required and have added that document to the application – which in turn has delayed a final decision on whether the proposal will go through.

That in turn has led sceptics to suggest that Donington won't be ready for the race in July 2010, with a decision in late January leaving the circuit with little time to push ahead with its plans.

If Donington failed to meet its self-imposed deadline of 1 April 2010 then it could leave Britain without an F1 race after commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone insisted it was Donington or nothing for the British GP, but the circuit insisted that the work would be completed on schedule, even with the planning delay.

"There is no question that Donington's ability to stage the race will be jeopardised by this delay to the planning procedure," a spokesman told the Daily Telegraph. "As soon as permission is granted construction work will begin."

Donington has said it expects the modifications to the venue to take around nine months.


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Nick Hodgins

November 21, 2008 11:20 PM

Warning: what follows may be considered by some to be deeply cynical. Bernie's had this planned out from day one. He knew that Donington was never going to be able to get up to his standards in the amount of time they had, so it's given him an excuse to scrap the British GP altogether. Ultimately, what it comes down to is Bernie being bitter that the BRDC won't let hime join. Frankly, the sooner he loses all his money in his divorce the better as far as I'm concerned, can't stand the little ****

Grey Cat

November 21, 2008 6:26 PM

What a complete shambles!!!! Although the plans are good, did they really think that planning permission would be rushed through? Agree that local objections will drag this out for months and could possibly kill-off the entire project. Definately no F1 or MotoGP in Britain next year. Also definately agree that the real problem at Donnington is access infrastructure....basically access via country lanes. Until this problem is resolved, aint nothing gonna ever happen! Silverstone is just plain boring from a spectators point of view....I vote a re-development of Brands Hatch! :D



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