A HUGE new cycling track could be built in Evesham as part of new plans.

The major facility would be built at Evesham Football Club off the town’s Cheltenham Road and would include a closed-circuit track and mound-filled pump track for BMX riders as well as routes and trails for learners and cyclists of all abilities.

Training pitches used by the football club would be moved to make way for the new cycling facilities as part of plans by Wychavon District Council.

The district council agreed to put aside £1 million last April to build a new state-of-the-art cycling facility at the town's Valley shopping centre - having previously considered using the football club as a base - but now the council looks to have returned to its original plan.

A statement included with the application said: “The proposal will create a closed road circuit, pump track, a ‘learn to ride’ circuit, an all-ability cycle route, a trials/cyclocross route option, an access path and car park extension that will accommodate approximately 138 cars.

“There are limited facilities in the country that combine all the features of this site, making it somewhat unique and a facility which is anticipated will prove popular to cyclists of all abilities.

“The scale of the development is in keeping with the existing football club facilities.

“Training pitches will be relocated south of the proposal with the main stadium and 3G pitch unaffected.

“It is not anticipated there will be any feature of the facility that imposes directly upon the housing development to the north of the site.

One supportive comment submitted to the council said the new cycling venue would be “invaluable” to Evesham and further afield.

“I fully support the plans as I feel it will benefit the local community and extend the cycling community from nearby areas,” it said.

“By hosting events and sessions, we can encourage people of all ages to learn new skills and improve their health and fitness and mental well-being.

“I believe this site will be very well supported and generate an interest from a number of local cycling clubs to extend their youth section as it allows young riders to develop cycling skills in a traffic free safe environment without the worry of hazards including vehicles and pedestrians alike.”