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Plans to build a multi-million pound racing corporate conferencing venue in Norfolk have been temporarily blocked after local residents expressed their concerns over the potential noise levels.
Under the proposals submitted by the owners of the Snetterton circuit, MotorSport Vision (MSV), the venue would benefit from a £10 million facelift, which would see it transformed into a world-class racing destination, capable of hosting international events such as the World Touring Car Championships and Formula 2 racing.
In addition, the plans also included the construction of a state-of-the-art conference centre, capable of attracting major business users, both within the motor sports industry and in other sectors, while a 50-bedroom hotel and a racing school has also been mooted.
However, local councillors have now ruled that further studies into the possible noise implications of the extended track need to be carried out, citing the opposition of local residents to the plans.
Despite this obstacle, developers and MSV are confident that, by pledging to make use of sound-dampening technology, the plans will soon be given the green light.
According to MSV's Ray Houghton, the plans represent a "fantastic opportunity" for the local economy and to put the venue on the motor racing and corporate conferencing maps.