Planning permission was granted last night for a £45 million pound redevelopment of Cheltenham racecourse. It's the racecourse's largest-ever investment in new facilities and includes a new grandstand and multi-tiered viewing platform for the parade ring.
Work is due to start after the Festival meeting next March and is not expected to disrupt the race programme at Prestbury Park.
Cheltenham Borough Council has granted planning permission to the £45 million redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse. Work is due to go ahead after next year's Cheltenham Festival in March.
– Ian Renton, Cheltenham and South West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses
I am delighted that Cheltenham Borough Council has approved the application and am most grateful for the very positive support received from the local community. The new development will enable us to provide facilities for our racegoers in keeping with the quality of the National Hunt Racing on offer at Cheltenham and ensure that Cheltenham Racecourse enhances its status as a world-class sports venue for many years to come.
Cheltenham Racecourse has unveiled plans for a £45 million pound redevelopment at Prestbury Park. They include building a new grandstand and multi-tiered viewing platform for the parade ring. It's hoped work will start after the Festival meeting next March.
Not everyone is enthusiastic about the Cheltenham Racecourse development.
Racing commentator John McCririck, now recovered after falling ill recently at the Cheltenham Festival, says that he'd have liked to see a major redesign, with the parade ring brought to the front of the stand.
But Cheltenham Racecourse director Ian Renton responds to Mr McCririck's criticism:
Simon Bazalgette, Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, says the new development will provide world class facilities for race goers:
Ian Renton, Cheltenham and the South West Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses, explains the £45m redevelopment plans for Cheltenham Racecourse: