Velodrome venue plan approved by Derby City Council

Artist impression of sports centre plans Work on the new arena, near Pride Park stadium, is scheduled to begin in June

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A £28m cycling track and concert venue in Derby has been given planning permission.

The 5,000 seat centre, which would be able to host other sports, will be built on land next to Pride Park stadium.

The city council's planning committee unanimously approved the velodrome scheme, describing it as "stunning".

Work is expected to start in the summer with the facility opening early in 2014.

Once complete, the facility will also feature a gym, function rooms, badminton and basketball courts and a cafe.

The city council said it had already started to take bookings for the development.

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