Plans to demolish Kempton Park looking unlikely
Plans to demolish the Jockey Club’s Kempton Park Racecourse in Surrey in favour of a housing development have been scrapped.
The venue, home of the King George VI Chase, was subject to assessment by Spelthorne Borough Council, who have concluded that the track is "strongly performing" as part of the green belt (the land surrounding Greater London which is protected from excessive development).
The Jockey Club had been considering selling the land, proposing the building of 3,000 houses with Redrow Homes.
The BBC reports that the proceeds of any sale, estimated in the region of £100m, were to be reinvested in other Jockey Club venues, including nearby Sandown Park.
The council says it has not received any planning application from the Jockey Club.
A statement released by Spelthorne Borough Council on 23 February, said it had commissioned consultants Arup to assess the borough's green belt land. It read:
“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 BBC also reports that the Jockey Club, which says it is looking to invest £500m in the future of horse racing, has responded by saying that the process is not yet over.
A statement from the Jockey Club published by the BBC read: “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.”