Permission to ride

Robbie Dowson'picture: John Watson
Robbie Dowson'picture: John Watson

PERMANENT permission for land in Aislaby to be used for up to ten days a year as a motocross track was given by the North York Moors National Park planning committee.

Previously only temporary permission had been given for the use of the land for motocross, a form of motorbike racing.

The temporary permission had been given in July 2010 on a site at Skelder Farm in Aislaby for the applicants, Whitby Motocross Club.

There were a number of objections from residents in the area including one from the solicitors of the Marquess of Normanby who said that permanent planning permission should be refused on the grounds that if granted it would lead to prolonged periods of unacceptable noise, proving a statutory nuisance.

The site, extending over seven small fields, has been used for a number of years by the motocross club although until 2010 meetings were held for only five days a year. The fields continue to be used for agriculture for the rest of the year.

In granting temporary permission for a two year period the national park’s aim in conjunction with Scarborough’s environmental health officer was to monitor the situation and they reported that no complaints had been lodged.

Planning officers said that the events are known nationally and bring income to the local economy as well as boosting the area for tourism.