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Welsh green adviser says impacts of race track can be mitigated

by on August 16, 2013

The Welsh Government has confirmed that its statutory environmental adviser – Natural Resources Wales (NRW) – has signalled that the green issues surrounding plans for a £280m motor-racing circuit in Ebbw Vale don’t warrant its call-in for a public inquiry.

Last month members of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council voted unanimously to approve the scheme, known as the Circuit of Wales.

A spokesman for the Welsh Government said it had received a letter from NRW indicating their view that the planning application need not be called in on issues within their remit.

“Officials will now consider the responses of other consultees and all other information before them and prepare advice for the minister on whether or not the application should be called in. This will be done as soon as possible.”

In a statement NRW’s Graham Hillier said: “We have always recognised the importance of this development for the local community. Equally, we would have failed in our statutory duties if we had not raised the concerns about the impact this proposed development could have on the environment.

“Following lengthy discussion with the developers, we have agreed how the potential impacts of this development could be mitigated and the scheme can progress.”

Roger Milne

16 August 2013

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