Donington Park plans given the go-ahead 09 Jan 2009
Donington Park has been given the green light to proceed with planned circuit developments, which will enable the venue to host the 2010 British Grand Prix. Local authority, the North West Leicestershire District Council, granted planning permission for the first stage of improvements on Thursday evening.
The permission was a significant milestone for Donington Parks Chief Executive Simon Gillett, who has spent six years researching and planning the project. Construction planning and design, which began six months ago, is now complete and a contractor has been appointed. Gillett, who holds a 150-year lease on the circuit, emerged from the hearing promising that Donington will deliver.
We will definitely be celebrating tonight, Gillett exclaimed. 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 wont rest until I am watching the British Grand Prix at Donington Park next year.
Gilletts excitement at the news was mirrored by Donington Park landowner Tom Wheatcroft: "I'm delighted to see that the plans have been accepted - 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."
The 2010 race will mark the first time the British Grand Prix has left its current home of Silverstone since the 1986 event at Brands Hatch.