Green light for Formula E in Battersea Park

The proposed circuit layout for the formula e London ePrix at Battersea Park

Published: Thursday 19th February 15

The finale of the 2015 Formula E racing season is set to take place in Battersea Park this summer after Wandsworth Council’s planning committee approved plans for a temporary racing circuit.

The last two races of the electric car racing championship will take place in the riverside park on June 27 and 28.

As well as the main events there will be a Formula E school series race which will see children from ten local schools compete in self-assembled electric kit cars.

Under the approved plans a temporary circuit will be created largely following the path of the park’s existing internal roads. A temporary pits area would be located on an existing tarmacked events site space.

Some temporary structures would be installed throughout the park to house a range of hospitality areas and spectator stands. They would be on a smaller scale to the facilities installed for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The event organisers have agreed a series of controls to protect the park from harm and to minimise the impact of the event on park users and neighbours. Following the event they will quickly restore the park environment for normal use.

The event will generate a major financial windfall for the park, estimated to be worth up to £1 million over a five-year programme, which will be invested in maintaining and improving this much-loved open space.

The two day event would be ticketed with an estimated 30,000 people attending each day. This compares to up to 55,000 people attending the annual fireworks event and 90,000 who came to the park for the Diamond Jubilee event.

To accommodate the ePrix the park would be closed to the public from 10.30pm (normal park closing time) on Friday 26 June until 6.30am on Wednesday 1 July.

However an area will be kept open to the public throughout so dog walkers, joggers and other local people would still have access to a green open space. The entire length of the Battersea Park riverside walk will also be kept open to the public throughout.

Planning chairman Cllr Sarah McDermott said:

“This plan will bring a global sporting event to Battersea and meets a series of exacting conditions to protect the park from harm. We can now look forward to a spectacular racing spectacle set within the grounds of one of London’s most beautiful and historic parks.

“Formula E has worked closely with the council and local amenity groups in developing this proposal. The protective measures and controls we have agreed will ensure the park is quickly restored once the race is over and the short-term disruption will be minimised.

“The park and its management team are no strangers to major events and the temporary structures are similar to those used on previous occasions. Far greater crowd numbers have been successfully managed in the recent past.

“The significant funding this event generates for the park will be spent on maintaining and upgrading its facilities and features. The result will be an even more beautiful and attractive place for everyone to enjoy.

“The ePrix will come as a huge boost to our local economy and will focus the world’s attention on this fantastic part of London. Battersea is already being regenerated on an exceptional scale and can now add a global sporting event to its growing list of attractions. This can only help us deliver the thousands of new homes and jobs our residents need.

“The Formula E championship is also a torchbearer for clean, electric motoring and has already made great progress in promoting the benefits of electric cars to a global audience.  We are delighted that Battersea Park and Wandsworth will be supporting this important work.”

Read the planning report online.

The circuit layout remains subject to FIA approval.

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Recent comments

"A street circuit"? Battersea Park includes magnificent tree lined avenues originally built for carriages not racing cars. It is an absolute disgrace that this beautiful grade 11 listed park was hijacked by Formula E. By all means use the streets of London but not our parks, they are the life blood of big cities. The break clause against a repeat must be exercised by the Wandsworth Council. Make your voices heard and email the council your objections.
Judith Rowe

28 June 2015

Battersea Park is a precious place for peace and quiet, for beautiful surroundings and happy times with friends and dog walking. It is very sad to see it abused by concrete blocks and wire fences cutting off the normal walks and also promising a ghastly weekend of crowds and motor racing in an area far to small. Please, never allow it again - it really has upset your faithful friends and admirers.
Mrs J Moores

25 June 2015

As a resident I feel that the council did a poor job describing what this would be like. We are one week away from the race and works have been going on no stop for a least 7 days now. The disruption in the neighbourhood is unbelievable! The signs for access the park( tennis courts, sports arena, playground) are horrible. The birds are leaving the park because of the noise. We have seen young birds flying out and hanging out in our back yards. Why is this noise event allowed to cause so much disturbance and noise? What will happened to the all the animals on the race days? We reside in front of the park. The council should have done more than just send a letter a year ago with a very small amount of information.
Alice Coutinho

21 June 2015

As a resident I feel that the council did a poor job describing what this would be like. We are one week away from the race and works have been going on no stop for a least 7 days now. The disruption in the neighbourhood is unbelievable! The signs for access the park( tennis courts, sports arena, playground) are horrible. The birds are leaving the park because of the noise. We have seen young birds flying out and hanging out in our back yards. Why is this noise event allowed to cause so much disturbance and noise? What will happened to the all the animals on the race days? We reside in front of the park. The council should have done more than just send a letter a year ago with a very small amount of information.
Alice Coutinho

21 June 2015

How do i get tickets?
Tom Rowley

11 June 2015

I urge all those accusing local residents of NIMBYism and hailing the educational virtues of electric car racing to take a closer look at facts. For starters, the park is not closed for the day nor two. It's closed for 5 days. Couple of thousands people enjoy the park daily in various ways.Ffor some,like families with kids,it is truly a lifeline in this busy area. They are actually residents of Wandsworth who,according to the council, have no say in the way THE PUBLiC space is used. As for the E o credentials of the event, the hundreds of HGV's and heavy machinery used to tarmac the park,haul the equipment and cars will hardly improve on an already bleak traffic situation near the busiest inner city building site in Europe.
Jay

29 May 2015

I have just heard about this and the last press release on your website is from FEBRUARY. As a local resident I would have expected to have more information and it more up to date.. . Will I be able to park outside my home? Does my dog have to cross her legs for FOUR DAYS??? Please could you either update me or at least tell me who is meant to be doing so?!?! This is not what I would expect from you. . . communication is the basis of common manners...
Charlotte Brudenell

25 May 2015

This is an amazing event for Battersea. The tickets are at a reasonable price for all local people to bring their children to watch Formula 1 e car ( electric for all you going off about pollution ) once in a life time event that might not ever happen again!! Also, it's great that local schools are involved. So stop moaning about an event that will only be over 2 days and enjoy instead. Local businesses will also benefit !!!! Look forward to June :)
Louise povey

4 May 2015

My Name is Ola Solanke.. I live on 144c Battersea Park Road... In relation to the Formula E Racing event to be held on June 27-28th respectively, Like the Redbull events where complimentary were given, I as a resident am awaiting my complimentary tickets for this event.
Ola Solanke

26 March 2015

Carriage Drive Circuit 2.8km (total) West Drive from Albert Gate to Sun Gate – 500m South Drive from Sun Gate to Rosery Gate – 950m East Drive from Rosery Gate to Pierpoint – 600m North Drive from Pierpoint to Albert Gate - 750m (Distances are "junction" to "junction") Official figures - not mine Hardly the space for a race track for fast cars. It makes no sense.
Celia Blair

11 March 2015

All that aggravation and electric? noise for just one million pounds over 5 years. What are you thinking of.
Jennifer Spruill

1 March 2015

Living near Clapham Common I am already fed up with all the events that take part on this common during the summer.Why can't all London parks and commons just be used for walking and general relaxation.Do we really need all these EVENTS!
AP

24 February 2015

The local paper says, "60,000 people will flock to Battersea Park this summer to watch Formula E final. " and that "To accommodate the ePrix the park will be closed to the public from 10.30pm on Friday, June 26, until 6.30am on Wednesday, July 1." The same (I assume) for the next 5 years. Quite a price to pay, and lots of stress on local services. Watch this space?
Celia Blair

23 February 2015

I live two street from the park. I am in favour of this event. The park, like everything we enjoy is for all to enjoy. We should be proud our park is being used for an event that should benefit a wider number of residents & non residents, is ecologically relevant, yet financially beneficial for all residents & local business, with minimal disruption to normal park users & congestion. Enjoying the benefits of the park and it's many services comes with a cost. If doubters have better solutions to the reality of paying for the many things we enjoy with less impact, I for one would welcome their suggestions. For me this sacrifice is acceptable. In my view increasing council tax would be worse.
G Ford

22 February 2015

One place where walkers and sports enthusiasts can go without breathing in car fumes. Like we're not over congested as it is. And - it wont be just for one day - no doubt a month either side to set up. Racing cars wont just drive to the venue - think of all the cars and media who will be supporting the racing cars.
Elizabeth Denton

22 February 2015

I am presuming that the tarmac will be permanent. What I want to know is whether cyclists and roller bladders can use this lane at other times. I suggested years ago to Wandsworth about creating a smooth circular lane for leisure use. I would be happy to put up with a 2 day event for 363 days usage of a cycle/ roller blading track. Whenever there is any event in the park, traffic around the park is impossible. Perhaps the council needs to look at this issue.
Bart Lai

21 February 2015

Brilliant! Formula E provides incredible educational opportunities. The environmental harm from these vehicles with ZERO emissions unlike F1, is minute. And a bit of noise for a couple of days? Oh, get over it!! Lots of parks get closed off for bike races, marathons, etc and people don't freak out about that. Anything to boost the profile of low-pollution vehicles in this borough, which has massive air pollution problems is very welcome. Exciting, educational and will bring thousands of people together in our Park. Brilliant! Perhaps a bit of the £1 million could go on putting protected bike lanes on the Cycle Superhighway surrounding the park as the CS8 ones are so horrible to ride on at present, I won't use them.
Simon Shields

20 February 2015

In my view, this is a poor decision from the council. Battersea park is a haven from the noise and speed of life in the city. A race track in the park feels completely at odds with what a park is about. Very disappointing indeed.
Clement Cruse

20 February 2015

This is what we would expect from Lambeth Council (living on the edge of Clapham Common, but still in Wandsworth). In the next few years with all the development going on in the area you should be doing utmost to protect the natural environment of Battersea Park. The park is a haven for peace and quiet, to escape cars. Very disappointing.
Suzanne Foster

20 February 2015

This is disappointing news for residents of Battersea and WBC only see our park as a cash-cow. The council have lost sight of what local residents want by promoting this irrelevant event.
Paul Cook

20 February 2015

This is the thin edge of the wedge and I can see where this is going! Living in London we pride our parks and green spaces - we go there to escape cars NOT to join them. £1m over 5 yrs is nothing and Battersea Park is already in fine form!
kathy leppard

20 February 2015

Fantastic News! Great to see some vision from the borough - the knock on effect to local businesses and economy will be greater than just the windfall for the park. I'm glad the whining NIMBYs were beaten on this one.
Mike Thomas

20 February 2015

Why am I not surprised that a public park is to be used by this Tory council for profit-making concerns, and how far did they listen to issues raised? This 5 year deal goes beyond the next local council elections so maybe local people will remember this then.
Celia Blair

20 February 2015

R Harris - why not plan your holiday for when it's on? It appears that £1m may not be much to you but it all helps to keep services running at the council.
Trevor Grant

20 February 2015

This is a sad day for our beloved park and all for £1m for 5 years.....I am so sorry the permission was granted to restrict our access and wreck our environment in mid summer.
R Harris

20 February 2015