Replacing Kempton Park racecourse in Surrey – home of the King George VI Chase – with a housing development seems unlikely.
An assessment by Spelthorne Borough Council suggests the track is “strongly performing” as part of the green belt. The building of 3,000 houses with Redrow Homes was proposed by the Jockey Club.
In the courses including nearby Sandown, the proceeds of any sale – thought likely to have been in excess of £100m – were to be reinvested.
The council’s leader has described the plans as “unwanted desecration” and says it has not received any planning application from the Jockey Club.
On Friday, a statement was released saying, “Kempton Park was looked at as part of that exercise and found to be ‘strongly performing’, meaning that it fulfils the purposes of green belt and is therefore unlikely to considered for housing,” the council added.
The Jockey Club responded: “When the Arup report was published in November we commented that it is widely known the site is in green belt and we continue to await the outcome of Spelthorne’s call for sites process, and this remains the case.”
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