The governing body of UK motor sport, the Motor Sports Association, has welcomed the news that Donington Park has secured planning permission for the first phase of its redevelopment work.

The circuit will undergo a multi-million pound upgrade as it prepares to become the home of the British Grand Prix in 2010, with a new loop set to be created in the in-field at the end of the current lap and a new pit and paddock complex being created along Starkey's Straight.

Work has already started at the venue, with a new tunnel currently being created between Coppice and McLeans that will allow contractors access to the infield to carry out work without impacting on activities on circuit throughout the year.

A deadline of April 2010 has been set before the FIA will visit the circuit to carry out an inspection, while F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is also set to travel to Donington later this year to check on the progress being made.

"We are delighted that Donington's plans have been well received and approved by the District Council," MSA chief executive Colin Hilton said. "This is an important milestone in Donington's development for the 2010 British Grand Prix and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the circuit on their preparations."