A move to bring speedway back to Birmingham after a 22-year absence has been thrown out amid claims that noisy motorbikes would disrupt the studies of students.
City Council planners yesterday rejected an application to construct a speedway track and pits at the Perry Barr Stadium, claiming that the noise from night-time meetings would drown out lectures at the nearby University of Central England.
There were also concerns about the impact on homes, although only 14 people objected to the application.
The decision to refuse was taken on the casting vote of the committee chairman, Councillor David Roy, after members were split 5-5 on a recommendation to turn down the application.
Promoter Tony Mole, the man behind the proposed speedway revival, said he was bitterly disappointed.
People opposed to the idea based their views on a "fear of the unknown", he added.
Mr Mole had intended to form a new league speedway team, to be called the Birmingham Brummies.
Meetings would have been held once a week on a Wednesday evening from March 1 to October 31, starting at 7.15pm and finishing at 10pm.
Mr Mole said: "I am sensitive to the residents' understandable fears and I am willing to co-operate with local people."
He said it was too soon to decide whether to lodge an appeal against the committee's decision.
Councillors received hundreds of emails and letters in support of the application, including one from former Perry Barr MP Lord Rooker.
Mr Mole told the committee that speedway was enjoying a revival across the country.
Bikes were quieter now than they had been previously and a race lasted less than 70 seconds.
More than 32,000 people recently signed a petition demanding the return of speedway in Dudley.
Environmental impact tests carried out by the council at speedway tracks in Wolverhampton and Coventry showed "intrusive" noise
levels for residents living within 1,000 metres of the track.
People attempting to enjoy barbecues in their gardens would clearly hear the " excessively loud" noise of the bikes, environmental health officer Mark Wolstencroft told the committee.
There would also be noise from the public address system and from the habit of speedway crowds sounding hooters at the end of every race.
Assistant planning director Phil Crabtree said the views of UCE, which lodged an objection, could not be ignored.
Mr Crabtree told councillors: "During the summer months there is teaching until 9pm.
"Two hours of teaching could be severely disrupted if this proceeds, and that is a strong factor you have to take into account. It could severely impact on the way the UCE operates."
Committee member Coun John Clancy (Lab Hodge Hill) was unconvinced: "If we have speedway it will give lots of young people something to gainfully occupy their time and they won't be standing around on street corners."