Silverstone set for lease deal

Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix, is set to be leased out for 25 years as part of a deal to renovate the Northamptonshire circuit.

The track’s owners, the British Racing Drivers’ Club, last week announced they supported development company St Modwen’s plan to overhaul Silverstone - building leisure facilities and a hotel.

The precise details of the scheme remained sketchy until Northern Racing, a sister company of St Modwen, announced the terms this morning.

If the plan gets the go-ahead the BRDC will lease out Silverstone to Northern Racing for a 25-year period.

Northern Racing, the company which runs nine horse-racing courses including Uttoxeter and Chepstow, would then take over at Silverstone for the next quarter-of-a-century.

The plans will be put before the BRDC members at an extraordinary general meeting on February 22 before a final vote at their annual general meeting in the spring.

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