Ringwood Raceway at Matchams too close to motorsport

A POPULAR circuit is set to close its doors to motorsport forever this summer, it has been announced.

Ringwood Raceway will host its last event ever over the weekend of Sunday 6th August and Sunday 7th August.

In a post on social media, a Ringwood Raceway spokesman said they were “really saddened” and had received a notice marking the “end of the road” for the track amid a planning application.

As reported by the Daily Echo, there are big plans to turn the site into a retirement home.

The major development would see hundreds of apartments and cottages for the elderly built on the site to plans by developer Inspired Villages.

The established motor racing circuit at Matchams Lane has hosted events since the 1950s.

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The circuit is reportedly one of the UK’s largest oval circuits used for stock car racing.

A Ringwood Raceway spokesman wrote on social media: “We have to announce that Ringwood Raceway will reopen over the weekend of Saturday 6th to 12th March 2020.

The spokesman added: “Currently all motorsport will end at this iconic venue, with just two meetings remaining before we sadly have to close the doors for the last time in Ringwood Raceways long history of oval racing, with oval racing taking place at the Matchams complex have been taking place since 1954.”

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A public consultation on plans for the site was held last October.

The developer is also proposing the creation of a new 33-acre nature reserve and has been in talks with Natural England.

Upon completion of the development, 40 to 50 new jobs would be created in the area, Inspired Villages said.

The plans are still under review by Dorset Council.

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