Environmental group protest against race track plans for Gwent

An environmental group is calling for the rejection of plans to build a £250m race track near Blaenau, Gwent because they are concerned that the race track will pose a large environmental risk to the area. Watchdog group Natural Resources Wales (NRW) stated that the plans carry with them an unacceptable risk and should not be accepted until changes have been made.

The council of Blaenau Gwent will meet later in the month to discuss the plans for the racing project. Developers claim that allowing the track to be built at Rassau would help to bring a new high class motor racing development to the valley helping to boost the economy.

NRW has publicly stated that the plans are not environmentally acceptable because they believe that the scale of the project and the location choose would have negative environmental impacts. The location for the track, near open moorland that borders the Brecon Beacons National Park, would be bad for the environment and would impact some of the special qualities that are meant to be preserved within the protected landscape of the park.

The site would be developed to the north of Rassau industrial estate. In addition, the NRW stated that the development might also harm many historical parts of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site and landscapes that are nearby. NRW is also concerned about the loss of watercourses, biodiversity, and peat bogs.

The NRW is not the only one that is concerned about the development of the race track, as the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has also spoken up and told the council in the area that they oppose the development from being allowed to continue as it has been proposed.