Plans for a 7,500 foot (2,300m) Olympic-standard training lake for rowers near Bedford have been approved.
The lake in Bedfordshire will be used for training rowers
Bedford Rowing Lake Ltd put forward the plans to build the £40m lake at Willington.
The Poynter Charitable Trust, which owns the firm, aims to train young rowers, primarily from state schools.
Bedfordshire County Council have given planning permission to the scheme, which will be funded by extracting minerals at the site.
The lake will cover 84 acres and be part of an 800-acre nature park on the site off the A603 to the north west of Willington.
The plans have been backed by local rowing clubs and Olympic gold medal rower Tim Foster.
The lake is also part of Bedford's bid to become a 2012 Olympics host town.