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Circuit of Wales gets planning permission

£280 million project passes biggest hurdle so far

THE massively ambitious project to make a MotoGP circuit in Ebbw Vale has passed its latest test with flying colours – getting unanimous planning approval from councillors in Blaenau Gwent.

The circuit is projected to attract 750,000 visitors per year and will create 3000 construction jobs, mainly benefitting the local area.

Once built, it will include an ‘automotive centre of excellence’ – intended to attract the motorsports industry – as well as the 3.5 mile circuit itself. There will also be a hotel, international kart tracks, off-road driving areas and a motocross circuit.

In total, the project is expected to deliver £50 million per year to the UK economy.

The circuit’s directors have already received the backing of MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta, and the firm behind the track – the Heads of the Valleys Development Company – has shown its commitment to bringing the Motorsports industry to Wales by buying MotoGP chassis maker FTR Moto.

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