Go-ahead for BMX track proposals

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PLANS to build a BMX track for young people in a village have been given the go-ahead despite objections from neighbours.

The proposals for the facility on the old school playing field, next to Old School Court, in Elmswell, were approved by Mid Suffolk District Council.

The development, submitted by Elmswell Parish Council, was put on hold earlier this year after the district authority requested a biodiversity survey.

Plans were resubmitted with an ecological assessment which ruled that the presence of protected species on the site is ‘highly unlikely’.

The BMX track will feature ramps, dig outs and earth structures no more than 5ft high.

Young people in the village had written to the council highlighting the need for such a site.

However, residents voiced concerns over the potential for noise and the location of the track, which is on ‘an extremely dangerous bend’.

As part of its planning restrictions, the site can only be used between 8am and 9pm from April 1 to October 31 and 8am to 6pm from November 1 to March 31.

A number of road safety measures are also required including a vehicle entrance on to the site from Old School Court, an area for parking and turning of at least six cars and increased visibility from the junction of Old School Court along School Road.