THE next Lewis Hamilton could be discovered at a proposed new karting circuit at Hurn.

Plans have been submitted for the site, next to Bournemouth Sports Club at Chapel Gate, for a new circuit to replace the current one at Matchams Leisure Park in Matchams Lane.

And agents representing Matchams Karting say the new track is the 'future of the sport'.

Top drivers in Formula One and World Endurance Racing began their careers in karting, including World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

The application, which will be decided by Christchurch Borough Council, is asking for permission to build the circuit of "potentially international reputation" on land previously used for car boot sales.

It is also proposed to replace a number of low rise huts on the Green Belt land as well. They are "beyond economic repair", says the planning statement from agent, Chapman Partnership.

"The replacement of these huts will rejuvenate the existing run down appearance of the main entrance to Bournemouth Sports Club", it adds.

The single storey buildings will be put on the site already assembled, to avoid any disturbance on the Green Belt land, and positioned to respect the rural setting.

The agent's statement says surrounding attractions including garden centres, the sports' club, Bournemouth Aviation Museum and Adventure Wonderland attract thousands of holidaymakers and are all on Green Belt land.

The existing 420-metre track at Matchams Karting is also on Green Belt land.

George Lovell, director of Matchams Karting said: "Matchams Karting has been operating from its current location for the past 11 years.

"We have out grown our facility and are looking to create a bigger and better Karting experience venue for everyone.

"Having agreed terms on the new area, we plan to build one of best Karting facilities in the UK.

"We feel that the location is perfect as it compliments area with the adjacent sports centre and existing leisure facilities along the road.

"We will be able to secure more Jobs and have a state of the art circuit for local family's & holiday makers to enjoy.

"We aim to be one of Bournemouth's family entertainment hot spots and the new facility will add to Bournemouth's library of experiences on offer, of which we are confident will be at the top of peoples to do list."

It caters for stag and hen parties, birthday events, corporate functions and open events.

The track is not part of Chapel Gate sporting venue.

Members of the public have until February 8 to submit any comments to the authority about the scheme.