DaimlerChrysler UK has submitted a planning application for a unique Heritage and Technology Centre (HTC) for Mercedes Benz at Brooklands. The scheme will help safeguard the historic site and enable enthusiasts to follow in the footsteps of the motor-racing pioneers and drive on part of the Campbell Circuit.

The plan, which has been presented to Elmbridge Borough Council, includes conservation initiatives, a country park and flood protection measures that are part of DaimlerChrysler UK’s scheme to create a unique visitor experience for people wanting to learn about the history Mercedes Benz shares with Brooklands.

Peter O’Halloran, HTC Director for DaimlerChrysler UK Retail said: "Over the past few weeks we have been in consultation with the local community and businesses, The Brooklands Society and Brooklands Museum as well as bodies like the Environment Agency and English Heritage. We have taken comments on board and we are confident that our proposal will be of benefit to local people as well as people who love motor sport and the spirit of Brooklands.

"If successful, the scheme will provide much needed investment to maintain the historic racetrack and will be of assistance to The Brooklands Museum. Mercedes and Benz were in the first race at Brooklands in 1907, and even set a land speed record here in 1909, so we are well aware of the history and importance of the site."

The planning document includes a detailed environmental assessment including a flood risk assessment and transport study. DaimlerChrysler UK believes that the scheme will improve the local environment and increase access to the site for public recreation, without having a detrimental impact on the area.

Peter O’Halloran continued: "The scheme takes into account local concerns about flooding and traffic. Our detailed transport studies suggest that any increase in traffic will be offset by the removal of existing uses and the introduction of green travel initiatives throughout the area. Our plans to include a free bus service for the area, adopting Wellington Way and not opening the Heritage and Technology Centre until after the morning rush hour will all help avoid congestion."

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Published : 12/12/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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