New £1 million velodrome approved in Middlesbrough

Plans to build a £1 million outdoor velodrome in Middlesbrough have been given the green light.

The development at Middlesbrough Sports Village had initially been thrown into doubt after Sport England initially opposed the cycle track on the grounds of losing playing pitches on the site.

But the body withdrew its objection following a request by the council's planning officer, Ernie Vickers, who told the city's planning committee that the pitches, formerly used by Teesside Tertiary College, had not hosted sports for two years after Middlesbrough College, which it had merged with in 2002, brought its facilities together on a single site, reports

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