In 1998 Msport bought the parkland and mansion called Dovenby Hall Estate. They make rally cars and have been good(ish) neighbours until last year when they applied for planning permission to build a 24 hour factory to make cars and an adjacent race car testing track.
There were over 200 objections to the development; ancient woodland destroyed, wildlife disturbed, historic setting of listed building irreversibly changed, noise.
Msport agents Northern Developments commissioned Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), noise reports with a draft Noise Management Plan (NMP), drainage & flood risk investigations, race track design, wildlife survey with mitigation actions, woodland survey with felling and restocking or relocating plans.
Some people in the community contributed to two separate professional independent peer reviewers of the noise reports. After our report a new application was made, we peer review, then again a new application, we peer review then another application. Our money and expertise were having an effect but we were chasing one step behind their attempt to get away with what we considered unacceptable.
Eventually a Development Panel was arranged in November 2014 but our barrister sent a warning that a judicial review was likely. This caused a postponement and I requested that the rearranged meeting should not be in Christmas week because I would be away at family Christmas. It was deliberately held at Christmas, December 23rd 2014 !
Villagers spoke against the application but it was passed.
Many people then appealed to the Secretary of State for the application to be called in for decision but that was declined.
Permission was granted effective from