Velodrome facility coming to Derby

Velodrome facilities in the UK are set to be boosted by the opening of a further new track up in Glasgow this year as that city prepares to welcome the Commonwealth Games.  But the good news doesn’t stop there as Derby City Council has just given planning permission for another new velodrome facility at the Pride Park site in the city (next to the Derby County football stadium).

The Derby velodrome will be part of a 14,500-square-metre sports arena that will feature a 250-metre indoor cycling track, badminton/basketball courts, function rooms, a fitness suite and a 1.5km outdoor closed cycle circuit. The arena is also expected to hold music concerts.

There had been a planning objection to the cycling arena from the Environment Agency but they withdrew objections to the site on Wednesday. Derby City Council’s planning committee than unanimously approved the velodrome scheme, describing it as a “stunning development”.

The government’s Environment Agency has made objections to the site as it had said that one of the proposed arena’s car parks could flood and also that it may disturb a former landfill site, causing pollution to the River Derwent that passes by the site. These concerns have since been ironed out by Derby City Council.

Work on the sports arena is expected to start in the summer with the facility and velodrome opening early in 2014. Cycling teams and groups from as far as Scunthorpe and Bristol have already expressed an interest in using the velodrome.

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