Below is the statement by Santa Pod:
Santa Pod Raceway would like to state their position regarding the proposed Colworth Garden Village development. We have been aware of the project since day one and were open to working with the site promotors to establish whether the sound produced by the raceway could be reduced to an acceptable level for potential new residents.
Following extensive negotiations with the Wrenbridge Estates we have unfortunately arrived at the conclusion that adequate sound mitigation measures were not possible. Being part of the project would have brought with it potential development benefits to the raceway in the shape of a new race control building and larger camping areas.
We now have a much clearer understanding of the insurmountable challenges faced by the promoters in reducing the sound emitted by Santa Pod. With potentially 4,500 new neighbours positioned much closer than our current supportive neighbours we feel that it would be unfair on new residents living so close and it would pose a very real and unacceptable risk to Santa Pod Raceway as a long standing international attraction.
We have had assurances from Bedford Borough Council that they do not wish Santa Pod Raceway to suffer as a result of the development and the Colworth proposal would not be submitted to the Planning Inspector if Santa Pod were opposed to the new houses next to the race track.
We will be making forthright representations to the local plan in defence of Santa Pod and cannot support the Colworth Garden Village proposal.