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Circuit of Wales Common Land application approved

The Urbanists are delighted to announce that the application for deregistration of Common Land to allow the Circuit of Wales project to be developed, has been approved by the Welsh Government, following the recommendation of the Planning Inspectorate.  

The Urbanists Planning Director, Mark Farrar, acted as expert witness at the public inquiry, supported by Planning Associate Liam Hopkins, on behalf of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company.

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The Deputy Minister concluded that the significant public benefits that will result from the deregistration and exchange justifies the departure from the Welsh Government guidance on the approach to such applications.    

The Inspector found that the project would bring "extensive socio-economic benefits to the neighbourhood, Blaenau Gwent and beyond, which should be given very significant weight, as well as the overall benefits to the public interest in nature conservation” and “very significant public benefits exist which are sufficiently compelling to outweigh the identified harm“.  

The approval allows the required 244ha of common land to be deregistered and exchanged for 306ha of land which is now to become registered as new Common Land. 

This decision allows us to support The Heads of the Valleys Development Company to progress confidently into the detailed planning stages of the development.  We will shortly be submitting reserved matters planning applications for the first phase of the project including the site-wide engineering works, the motor racing circuit, pits and paddocks buildings and other accompanying buildings.  The decision is due to be placed on the Welsh Government website shortly. 

Circuit of Wales moves forward

We are pleased to report that the proposed Circuit of Wales has taken another positive step forward. 

The developer behind the scheme, the Heads of the Valleys Development Company (HOTVDC) has been informed by Rebecca Evans AM, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, that she is ‘minded to grant’ the Section 16 application that was submitted to deregister the development site from the common land register.

We provided planning advice to HOTVDC throughout the public inquiry that was held to determine the application. We look forward to continuing to assist the HOTVDC as it continues to progress this important regeneration project.  

Welsh Government’s decision is subject to HOTVDC completing previously agreed conditions regarding the commoners’ rights, which HOTVDC will now implement so that a formal decision may be issued.