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Donington secures planning permission.

Donington Park can move ahead with its plans to host the British Grand Prix from 2010 after being granted planning permission to proceed with the redevelopment work needed to bring it up to Formula One standards.

After an evening hearing in Coalville, North West Leicestershire District Council granted permission for the first stage of the improvements to take place, with work now set to start immediately as the circuit seeks to ensure it is ready in time to take over from Silverstone as the host of the event.

"We will definitely be celebrating tonight," circuit chief executive Simon Gillett said following the announcement on Thursday evening. "This is a major step forward and one more target delivered.

“I remain committed to approaching every stage of this development with the same passion and vigour with which we attacked the planning stage and I have endeavoured to ensure that the same is true of the people who will work with me on this project.

“My eye is always on that fixed end date of July 2010. I remain confident and positive that we can and will achieve everything that we have promised and I won't rest until I am watching the British Grand Prix at Donington Park next year."

Tom Wheatcroft, landowner was also delighted with the positive outcome of the planning hearing, which came after many had doubted whether or not the circuit would be granted permission to push ahead with its plans.

"I'm delighted to see that the plans have been accepted,” he said. “There is a lot of work ahead now for everyone and I am looking forward enthusiastically to 2010 and the arrival of the British F1 Grand Prix.”

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Tim Burr - Unregistered

January 09, 2009 8:26 AM

I was fortunate to attend the first meeting at the re-opened Donington and unlike Derek Brown above I can say that the facilities then were excellent,all brand new,covered toilets,a then impressive paddock and wonderful viewing from virtually all the way around the track.Yes as time has moved on these facilities have not improved and at a recent private test day I was apalled at the present state of the infrastructure.To say it was awful from day one is simply not true however as one who at the time('77) had to endure the offerings at Oulton,Mallory and Silverstone can confirm.The biggest problem like mosr British tracks is that they have had no state funding and cannot therefore compete.

BJ - Unregistered

January 08, 2009 11:23 PM

I hope that Donington prove the doubters wrong and that the 2010 British GP will be the best there's ever been, get a life everyone and give them the support they need. Simon Gillett is to be applauded and supported for taking this gargantuan task on, it's true if he fails it'll be sad and disappointing for agreat many people but he deserves everyone's support. Have any of you met a BRDC member? Believe me if you had you'd want him to succeed more than anything else in the world, they're a bunch of idiots and that's being very polite.

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