Decision details

Development Panel - FUL/2019/0279 - M Sport, Dovenby Hall Estate, Cockermouth - The formation of two bunds within the 2.5km test track (retrospective)

Decision Maker: Development Panel

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No




The report recommended approval subject to no conditions


The Planning and Building Control manager introduced the item and then went through the main issues as detailed in the report.


Principle of Development


The proposed bunds relate to the development of an evaluation centre and test track for motor sport vehicles at M Sport Ltd, Dovenby. The principle of this use has already been accepted under application 2/2014/0350, including the use of bunds for noise mitigation purposes.




Consultants appointed by colleagues in Environmental Health have indicated that the two additional bunds will have a negligible impact, either positive or negative, over and above the approved bunding.


Heritage Assets


The two additional bunds would be positioned internally to the test track and would have no greater impact on the setting of Dovenby Hall (Grade II listed) than the approved scheme for an evaluation centre and test track.


Members noted the representations received in respect of the application, the main grounds of which were set out in the report. Members were advised that it was due to a cartographic error that this application was presented to panel, with the bunds being omitted from original permission.


Questions were asked of the officers and debate followed relating to the height and purpose of the bunds.


Councillor Farebrother moved the motion to grant permission, subject to no conditions.


The motion was seconded by Councillor Lynch.


A vote was taken on the motion to grant permission, 11 voted in favour, 0 against and 0 abstentions.

The motion was carried.




Planning permission granted subject to no conditions








Report author: Susan Hanley

Publication date: 12/02/2020

Date of decision: 11/02/2020

Decided at meeting: 11/02/2020 - Development Panel

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