UKIP sport spokesman Patrick O'Flynn MEP has called for plans to sell Kempton Park racecourse and turn it into a giant housing estate to be scrapped.
Mr O'Flynn said: "Britain's racecourses are not merely much-loved sporting venues but also vital 'green lungs' that enhance the quality of life for local communities.
"This is particularly true of courses located at the edge of major conurbations and cities.
"To me it is unthinkable that a course like Kempton Park should be turned into a giant housing estate. Clearly someone has convinced the Jockey Club that it is sitting on many acres of potential prime real estate at Kempton.
"But the Jockey Club would be well advised to consider more carefully its wider responsibilities to its neighbours and to its sport. Kempton is a much-loved and well-supported course. I hope the Jockey Club thinks again."