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Open day encourages landowner support for motor sport
More than 25 landowners and farmers attended the meeting,
which was organised by the Motor Sports Liaison and Access Group, with
support from the MSA, ACU, Sport England Eastern Region and local
Agricultural Diversification and Planning professionals.

Attendees received presentations illustrating the opportunities provided by
motor sport for the diversification of current farming land, along with
details on the permitted development rights and planning issues.
Representatives of the MSA and the ACU gave more detailed descriptions of
their respective organisations and outlined the support and assistance
available to encourage those present to move forward any proposals they
wished to examine.

As Dean-Lewis explains, the event provided an opportunity to dispel some
misconceptions about motor sport in general. "There were the inevitable
concerns about the public perception of noise, but these can be balanced by
knowledge of the controls and monitoring processes already in place and the
ability to use production cars in some disciplines of the sport with a
correspondingly lower sound level.

"Interestingly, there was some surprise at the fact that many club motor
sport events can be accommodated with little or no investment costs by the
landowner," continues Dean-Lewis. "Realistic projections were made of the
likely level of venue hire costs that particularly the smaller events could
sustain, given the level of entries and entry fees, and suggestions to
maximise the income potential for the landowners were discussed."

Bernard Baker, lead organiser of the event, was pleased with the results of
the day. "There was a genuine wish to look at motor sport as one of the
options for future development," he explains. "This kind of event enables
people to understand the sport and its needs better, and allows us to
explain the controls that we have in place including insurance and risk
management issues. Although it`s too early to confirm anything, the early
indications are that up to five new venues may become available as a result
of this initiative."


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