FAMILIES can get an adrenaline rush at a new indoor go-karting venue set to open in Bicester.

Designs to create the facility have been given the green light after a planning committee meeting last Thursday where Cherwell District Councillors approved proposals to alter the use of an industrial unit on Murdoch Road, Bicester.

The site, covering a floorspace of 2,389 square metres, has car parking to the front and side and will provide electric vehicle charging for two cars.

It is located 0.7 kilometres from the town centre and served by buses stopping on the nearby Churchill Road and Bicester North railway station is less than a kilometre away for visitors arriving by train.

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Councillor Colin Clarke, Cherwell’s lead member for planning said: “These plans will provide residents and visitors to Bicester with great additional sport and recreational facilities, as well as creating more jobs for the area.

“Bicester as a town is steeped in motorsports history and many residents work in the industry.

“It seems appropriate that they may soon have the opportunity to spend their social time having fun on the track too.”

Applicants, Go Karting For Fun Limited, trading as TeamSport, have been told to include acoustic design features in the building to ensure the surrounding area is free from intrusive levels of noise.

They will also need to display signs asking customers to leave the venue quietly to respect any neighbours.

Councillor John Broad, district councillor for Bicester West, objected to the company plan to use petrol Go-Karts as Bicester has high levels of pollution already and there is the potential for noise.

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Mr Broad said: “I checked their website and found that they have a track in Stoke-on-Trent that uses electric Go-Karts and I said I would approve the application if they used electric Go-Karts, but refuse if not. They chose not to and so I voted against.”

The facility will be able to stay open from 9am until 11pm, seven days a week.

Bicester residents have taken to Facebook to share their thoughts on the new racing track.

Richard Moss said: “Can’t wait for this. Prices are reasonable by the looks of it as well and they have tracks all over the country and can do unlimited karting on a Sunday evening.”

Prices for families which includes up to 45 minutes worth of go-karting, pizza and drinks and electronically timed lap print-outs start from £30 per person.

The facility also hosts kids parties where children aged 8-12 can get up to 30 minutes of exclusive track use.

Once the applicant returns their Discharge of Conditions application to agree with the district council details of lighting, signage, noise, electrical vehicle charging and opening hours, work will get underway to open the site.