Chicken farm could become an off-road biking track

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A redundant poultry farm unit could soon be brought back into use, with plans to transform it into an off-road track for young bikers.

An application has been submitted to change the old chicken housing unit at Oakham Farm, on Retford Road, near Walesby into a two-wheeled training facility.

The unit, which is 128m x 22m in size, would be used to train mainly young riders ‘with an emphasis on rider safety’, but would be open to all ages.

In a statement prepared on behalf of the applicant, Ryan Wilson, it would accommodate up to 30 bikes per session with a maximum of 150 on any given day.

The bikes in use would be limited up to 450cc.

There are suggestions that the venture would create three or four full-time jobs but it is anticipated more will be required as the business becomes established.

Accessed via Forest Lane, an area next the unit would be resurfaced to provide up to 74 new parking spaces.

As well as the track, other facilities will include a bike-servicing area, changing facilities, staff facilities and storage.

The proposed opening hours would be from 10am to 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 4pm on Fridays and Sundays, and closed on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The applicant says noise pollution is unlikely to affect those living in the village of Walesby because the site is 600 metres away, while the noise will be contained by the enclosed building.

Bikes would not be ridden to the site as they are with riders arriving in vans or cars with trailers.

A statement with the application reads: “The use of the existing building in the manner proposed would restrict noise emissions to within acceptable levels.

“It would function as a visitor attraction for a wide catchment area bringing added benefits to the local economy in addition to the employment opportunities it would provide.”