Work is being carried out at the race track in Zandvoort without the required license. That confirms a spokesperson for the province of Noord-Holland on Tuesday in conversation with NU.nl, after reporting by RTL Z.
According to the spokesperson, the permit granting process is already well advanced and the circuit has therefore already received permission to carry out preparatory work. The permit is expected to be issued next week.
"If the permit application looks good, it is often the case that permission is granted to start work," the spokesperson says. "The environmental department ensures that the work is carried out correctly."
The work that is now being carried out at the circuit in Zandvoort should ensure that work can soon be started on the construction of stands, among other things.
Nature organizations want work to be stopped
Nature and environmental organizations try to stop work on the circuit until all necessary permits have been granted. RTL Z reports that the organizations have sent a letter to the States members of the province calling for the work to be stopped.
The nature organizations state that the habitat of the natterjack toad and the sand lizard is "permanently destroyed". Both animal species have protected status: work may not just take place in areas where they live.
An exemption that has already been granted by the province has been challenged in court in summary proceedings. He will comment on this on 29 October.
Work on the circuit is needed to prepare for the first Dutch Formula 1 race since 1985, scheduled for May 3, 2020.
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