Plans submitted for Circuit of Wales motorsport track and facilities

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CircuitofWalesMajor international motorsport events such as Moto GP, World Superbikes, World Touring Car and World Motorcross could soon be taking place in Wales – planning permission has been submitted to Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council to transform 830 acres of land into Circuit of Wales, a low-carbon race circuit on the edge of the Brecon Beacons.

The Heads of the Valleys Development Company has submitted detailed plans to the council and a decision is expected in May.

Last month, the project received the backing of one of motorsport’s most senior figures when head of MotoGP Carmelo Ezpeleta threw his weight behind the project at a Circuit of Wales media event at the Celtic Manor, Newport.

Michael Carrick, chief executive, Heads of the Valleys Development Company, commented: “Due diligence is vital on such projects. We’ve made certain that we’ve covered all bases because we are so passionate about making this project work – not just for us as a company, but for the people of Blaenau Gwent. This is a strong application, and a great deal of work has gone into ensuring its meticulousness.”

A second round of community consultations took place at the end of 2012, giving the community a chance to see the redesigned plans for the development. These changes were made following feedback from the first round of consultations in August and September of last year.

Carrick continued: “We are determined to keep people fully up to speed on the development as things progress and will continue being open and transparent with the community on all aspects of the project. The feedback received so far from the community has been extremely positive and people are genuinely excited by the opportunities that could come their way.”

Concerns raised by local people at the consultations mostly focused on the issue of noise, given the automotive nature of the project and the valleys setting. Measures taken to ensure these concerns were allayed included a redesign of the development that reduces the number of Motocross circuits from two to one, and relocating that circuit further away from residential properties to ensure those living nearby won’t be affected by noise.

The Heads of the Valleys Development Company state that the Circuit of Wales development will create 6,000 full-time jobs including track stewarding, security, catering, retail, hotels and construction, and it estimates that over 750,000 people will visit the Circuit of Wales each year providing a boost to the local and regional economy worth over £50 million a year.