MSA issues second call to action over threat to land use by UK motor sport events

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is urging the motor sport community to respond to a second government consultation that also has the potential to threaten the future of the sport in the UK.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has released an issues paper regarding the way in which change of use (of land) is handled within the planning system. This includes a review of the 14/28-day rule (Permitted Development Rights – provision within planning legislation for temporary change of use) under which approximately 60 per cent of MSA motor sport takes place.

MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton said: “It is disappointing that a government department has queried the 14/28-day rule so soon after the major consultation that took place in 2002, particularly as there is little evidence to suggest that motor sport and its place within communities has changed. Although this is a speculative paper, if the rules are changed it could have a devastating impact on the sport, so  it is essential that motor sport makes its voice heard at this stage.”

The issues paper can be accessed via the following link: http://www.msauk.org/uploadedfiles/changeofuse.pdf

Feedback should be sent to the Review Team at UCOReview@communities.gsi.gov.ukby 1 September 2011.