The Secretary of State has decided that DaimlerChrysler’s plan for a Heritage and Technology Centre at Brooklands will not be called in for a public inquiry.

The planning application was submitted to the Government Office of the South East (GOSE) for the Secretary of State to consider after the local council resolved to grant the scheme outline planning permission.

The Secretary of State decided that the benefits which the development would bring, particularly in terms of the restoration and long-term preservation of the historic site, meant the application should be decided by the local council.

Geoff Brady, Managing Director for DaimlerChrysler UK Retail, said: "We are delighted that the project has been given the green light. We will now be working with Elmbridge Borough Council to finalise our plans to save the Brooklands site, and create a unique experience for Mercedes Benz and motor enthusiasts."

The 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 continued: "The Secretary of State recognised that the project will bring a number of benefits that far outweigh some of the policy guidelines that have to be considered for developments on green belt. Our plan will protect the heritage of the site and the Brooklands Museum, create an attractive environment for local people and motor enthusiasts, and protect the site from flooding."

Published : 20/08/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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