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Victory in kart track battle

PUBLISHED: 15:33 19 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

A MARTLESHAM couple are celebrating after winning the battle to set up a rally kart track on their land.

Philip and Louise Abbott of Beacon Hill Farm on Bealings Road have been fighting for more than a year to set up the track on the land close to the A12.

A MARTLESHAM couple are celebrating after winning the battle to set up a rally kart track on their land.

Philip and Louise Abbott of Beacon Hill Farm on Bealings Road have been fighting for more than a year to set up the track on the land close to the A12.

Despite twice being turned down by Suffolk Coastal the couple did not give up and following an appeal, have now been given the go ahead.

Mrs Abbott said the news was the realisation of a dream for her and particularly her husband Philip.

She said: "I could not read the letter – I had to get my husband to open it.

"It has always been his dream since we moved here nine years ago."

The track will be grass and there will be there will be five karts for adults and some smaller ones for children.

Some conditions have been applied to the venture, including: noise must not reach above 50 decibels, there must be no directions to the track from the A12 and there can be no pedestrian or vehicle access on to the A12.

There are also restrictions on the opening hours which are from 9am until 9pm on weekdays and 9am until 6pm on Sundays, and the couple are not allowed to build on the site.

The entrance to the track also has to be changed.

When the first application for the track was being considered, the council received 48 letters of objection from people living nearby.

There were fears about the noise level and the affect that the track would have on the Special Landscape Area near to the land.

When the first application was turned down the Abbotts questioned some of the reasons and said that the council had ignored their commitment to have no permanent structures on the site.

They also maintained they would manage the landscape.

The second application was also turned down for the same reason but after a visit from an appeals officer the application was finally given the go-ahead.

Now the Abbotts are looking forward to setting up their new venture and will be setting about removing the sugar beet that is currently being grown on the land.

Mr Abbott said: "We hope it will work out and we are going to give it a good go.

"If we do it well enough people will come back again."

The couple are hoping that the track will be up and running by next summer.

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