Cornwall Racecourse future ‘uncertain’ as lease expires


A stock car race track in Cornwall says it may have to close if a new lease can’t be reached.

United Downs Raceway has been operating on land owned by Cornwall Council for 50 years, but the lease expires at the end of October.

Race organizers hoped to secure another 10-year lease, but from November it was transferred to the Cornish Geothermal Distillery Company.

United Downs Raceway co-promoter Crispen Rosevear has said the circuit’s future is now uncertain.

Stock Car Racing at United Downs Credit: ITV News

“It would just be devastating for the community both locally and nationally,” he said.

“The raceway means so much to the people who live locally, but it also means a lot to the people from the rest of the UK who during the year also come to run. It’s going to have a very, very negative effect on a lot of people. of people.”

Stock car and banger drivers who regularly participate in United Downs say its closure would mean a 120 mile drive to the next nearest track in the southwest.

“It will be a huge loss”

Kaylee Spooner explained, “In order for us to run we will have to go 150 miles one way from the Lizard.

“We grew up on the track, I mean I’ve been coming here 30 years of my life so it will be a huge loss.”

Cornwall council said it has negotiated a commercial lease for the council-owned racetrack site, which could see a renewable heat-powered distillery built to harness power generated by the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project.

An urban planning request for the distillery was refused on October 14, 2021.

Raceway promoters said ITV News they hope they can extend their lease until the distillery project moves forward.

Design for the rum barrel maturation facility at United Downs Credit: Grimshaw Architects

In a statement, the Cornwall council said: “The council will work with all partners to facilitate the continued use of the racetrack for 2022 and 2023.

“Under the terms of the lease, the company has until September 2023 to put in place the building blocks for its development.

“This includes obtaining planning consent, as well as ensuring that the necessary financial and construction plans are in place to support the proposals. “

The Cornish Geothermal Distillery Company said ITV News he had submitted a proposal to Cornwall Council and is awaiting a response.

In May 2021, CGDC obtained a building permit for a separate project called Celsius – the Sustainable Distillery Research Center – which will be built on the hard edge of the former United Downs landfill site, adjacent to where Geothermal Energy Ltd (GEL) will produce zero carbon, renewable energy in 2022.

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