Notice served on Bovingdon airfield firm to put an end to motorsports noise

Track days.
Track days.

Motorsport fun is set to be banned on part of Bovingdon airfield after council chiefs served an enforcement notice.

Runways Farm markets itself as ‘home of some of the most exciting driving events and experiences, on the edge of Bovingdon village’.

But that is set to come to an end from February 22 - unless an appeal is lodged - after a notice was served ordering that all motor activities, along with associated parking and storage is stopped. Only use by the police, which is already approved for 60 days of the year, will be allowed to continue.

A Dacorum Borough Council spokesman said: “The site has seen a significant increase in and variation to this activity since 2011 and some of the users were very noisy, leading to complaints from many local residents.

“The site is located in the Green Belt, where there is a presumption against inappropriate activity.

“As a result the enforcement notice was served.”

The land is used for experience days, drifting, driver training, filming for movies, commercials and music festivals and is also home to a paintballing company.

Runways Farm also offers the airfield for general hire for uses such as outdoor exhibitions, mini festivals, cycling events, drive in cinema and ‘anything else that needs lots of room’.

Previously the land owners had applied for a lawful development certificate from the council to cover the extra motorsport activities but this was refused last month. Campaigners behind Bovingdon Action Group had urged villagers to object against the application.