A judicial review of Dover District Council’s decision to approve the expansion of Lydden Hill racing circuit is due to be heard on Tuesday, February 15, 2022. It was in January 2020 that councillors backed proposals to pull down the circuit’s two-storey administration building and replace it with a two- to three-floor pavilion including office space, external viewing areas, function areas and six garages. Permission for a new access road from Geddinge Lane and extra land for parking was also sought. Wootton Environment Protection Group has since raised funds for the judicial review of the council’s decision and this has been brought by nearby resident Penelope James. Dover CPRE had objected to the scheme when it was first mooted in 2015 and maintained its opposition throughout.
CPRE Kent is opposed to the planned erection of a huge redevelopment of Lydden Race Circuit including two hospitality buildings, two grandstands, administration facilities, engineering units and access road.
The application (DOV/15/00827) represents a significant and harmful intensification of use at this site, will be detrimental to landscape of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and will impact the well-being of communities and the quiet enjoyment of the countryside.
Apex festival at Lydden Race Circuit, photo Beetle Challenge, flickr
Rather than being restricted to race days the proposal would mean intensified daily use of the site for activities including driver tuition and testing, race days, craft fairs and car shows. This will mean persistent disturbance to nearby residents and a loss of tranquillity in the AONB.
The proposals include an extended car park and, together with better facilities, this would mean more visitors and hence more vehicle movements on rural lanes, causing further erosion of tranquillity. The additional activity is likely to cause traffic congestion with increased local air pollution. Continue reading →