Preliminary Planning Permission For Heritage And Technology Centre At Brooklands

Elmbridge Borough Council has resolved to grant DaimlerChrysler UK local outline planning permission, subject to section 106 agreement and conditions, for a Mercedes Benz Heritage and Technology Centre at Brooklands.

The application will now be referred to the Government Office of the South East (GOSE), as a matter for consideration.*

The unique centre, on a 150 acre site at Weybridge in Surrey, will be a technological showcase for Mercedes Benz passenger cars and will commemorate the history of the world-famous Mercedes Benz marque and its association with Brooklands.

Geoff Brady, Managing Director for DaimlerChrysler UK Retail said: "We are delighted that Elmbridge Borough Council has decided that our Heritage and Technology Centre should be built at Brooklands. The planning committee recognised that the project will protect the heritage of the site and the Brooklands Museum, and create an attractive environment for local people and motor enthusiasts."

The decision follows an exhaustive public consultation, with representatives of DaimlerChrysler meeting hundreds of interested people at meetings with local residents, Brooklands’ enthusiasts and key environmental and historical agencies.

Peter O’Halloran, Heritage and Technology Centre Director for DaimlerChrysler said: "The last nine months have seen a comprehensive consultation process by the local planning committee and DaimlerChrysler. Elmbridge Borough Council has received no objections from the key parties involved and has produced a thorough report on our plans."

Geoff Brady added: "Our plans will give the site the protection and development it deserves and preserve and celebrate the rich history of Brooklands. I hope the Secretary of State will confirm planning permission, and support the very positive decision of the local planning committee."

Published 29 June 2003 Melanie Carter

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