On Thursday (March 10), the Rother District Council Planning Committee is expected to consider an application from 1066 Racing to create a fenced race track for electric cars at St Mary’s Recreation Ground.
The application, which would also see the installation of a storage container and a wooden platform for drivers, has been recommended for approval by planning officers.
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In a report to be considered by the committee, a council planning officer said: ‘The proposed electric running track would complement the existing leisure facility along St. Mary’s Lane.
“It would not detract from the rural character and appearance of the locality, would not negatively impact the living conditions of occupants of nearby residential properties and there are no road safety concerns.
“The recommendation is to grant leave subject to the expiration of the reconsultation period and subject to the conditions imposed.”
Although recommended for approval, the application met with significant opposition from a number of local residents. Opponents’ concerns cover a range of topics, including parking pressures and the loss of green space.
Most naysayers also raised some variation in concerns about noise and disturbance from use. This view, however, is contradicted by the council’s Environmental Health, which concluded that the race track would not create significant noise levels.
Environmental Health also noted that use would only be one or two days a week and would not require the use of artificial lighting.
At the time the club said it would only operate from the summer, although in the long term (and finances permitting) the club is considering installing astroturfing, which would would operate later in the year than on a grass course. This is not part of the current plans.
In the winter, the club would continue to hold their fixtures from their current, pre-lockdown base at the Horntye Park sports complex in Hastings.
It has also been heard that club events usually attract around 40 people.
For full details of the proposals, see application reference RR/2021/2252/P on the Rother District Council website.
Huw Oxburgh, Local Democracy Information Service