After droppping out of Eton, wrecking his mother's car at the age of 17 and working in films, Charles Gordon-Lennox (he became Lord March in 1989) took over the Goodwood Estate in 1995. At the time Goodwood House was in a state of disrepair, horseracing was going well but farming and woodland management were haemorrhaging money. Revenue was urgently required, hence the Festival of Speed in 1993. This was held at Goodwood House because Lord March did not have a permit to hold it at the Circuit. But in 1996, Goodwood put forward a Business Plan to CDC originally requesting 21 days of unsilenced racing at the Circuit. However, like all tactical situations, you allways ask for more than you want and end up getting what you originally had in mind, in this case 5 unsilenced days.

  • This table indicates the situation prior to 1996, the original proposal and the amended proposal (the subsequent permit). The submission was not registered as a planning application although 95/02438/REN and 98/00291/FUL are all part of the Goodwood business proposal. There were 650 household objections lodged, but ignored. After more than a year of preparation, the first Goodwood Revival meeting took place on 18-20 September 1998, the first day being the 50th anniversary of the circuit's original opening.


    Members will have seen in the press that the Chichester District Council voted that their intention was to permit the current proposals for the Goodwood Motor Circuit but that they could not go ahead and give permission because the Secretary of State at the Department of Environment is considering intervention. We now await his decision which is not likely to be given for two or three months. It is possible that he will order a Public Enquiry to be held by one of his Inspectors. The Association are disappointed by the vote at the District Council which, if eventually accepted, will, we believe, impose a heavy burden of noise pollution on the inhabitants of Chichester in return for very dubious commercial benefits to the district. Our hope is that a Public Enquiry will take place at which the consequences of this development can be carefully considered unclouded by tendentious propaganda. If there is a Public Enquiry the Association will put the case for protecting Summersdale and Chichester from this development. If the development is permitted we shall bend our energies to ensuring that the conditions on which it is granted are strictly enforced. We shall expect the District Council to take a pro-active stance on this issue rather than reacting to breaches only when they receive a complaint.Our thanks are due to all the members who have given their support during the prolonged fight against this development. At least the opposition has led to some mitigation from the original proposals that nearly slipped through on the nod some three years ago.