Cheltenham Racecourse plans

Plans have been approved for a £45m redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse.

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Go-ahead for Cheltenham racecourse redevelopment

A CGI image of the proposed plans for the racecourse at Prestbury Park Credit: The Jockey Club / Cheltenham Racecourse

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.

Racecourse plans get green light

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.

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.

– Ian Renton, Cheltenham and South West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses

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McCririck not overly impressed with racecourse plans

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:

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