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Friends of the Earth Cymru have confirmed today that a letter will be sent to the Welsh Government, asking them to withdraw and restart an environmental consultation about the proposed M4 relief road route.
The group say they are concerned about the environmental impact of the proposals, and claim alternative routes to the one through the Gwent Levels - which was announced as the preferred road earlier this month - were not given enough consideration.
The Welsh Government has two weeks to respond to the letter, and depending on the outcome of that, Friends of the Earth may decide to then begin judicial review proceedings.
Ministers have previously said they expected to face a legal challenge.
Labour's Mick Antoniw tells Political Editor Adrian Masters that the Welsh Government's decision on the M4 relief road project 'could have been handled better.'
He's a member of the Environment Committee which completed its report into the plan today. Other Labour members are also said to be disappointed that the announcement was made before the committee finished its scrutiny.
Plans to improve the M4 corridor around Newport are a step closer after the Welsh Government approved proposals for a new section of motorway south of the city.
Iestyn Davies from the Federation of Small Businesses Wales says the relief road will be a 'billion pound mistake' and that other suggestions for the road should be considered.
Plaid Cymru's Shadow Transport Spokesman, Rhun ap Iorwerth says he believes that todays decision is a costly mistake. He believes that there will be a 15 year wait for the project to be delivered when an alternative route could have been completed a decade sooner.
Environmental campaigners Friends of the Earth and sustainable transport charity Sustrans have both condemned the decision to go ahead with a new motorway. They claim it will devastate nationally important wildlife sites in the Gwent Levels south of Newport. They also predict that the motorway won't open to traffic for more than a decade and that the billion pound cost will starve more worthwhile transport projects of funds.
The Conservatives have broadly welcomed the go-ahead for the M4 relief motorway but claimed that today's announcement by Economy and Transport Minister Edwina Hart could trigger legal challenges.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats say today's go ahead for a new motorway around Newport by 2021 is a "huge mistake" by Economy and Transport Minister Edwina Hart. They say it ignores environmental concerns raised during the consultation on alternative proposals.
Organisations representing the business community in Wales have reacted in contrasting fashion to the Welsh Government giving the go-ahead to a new relief road around Newport.
The chosen option is the £1bn 'black route', between Junctions 23 and 29.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) described it as a "billion pound mistake" - while the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) welcomed it as "a sensible long-term decision."
The new M4 to be built south of Newport will boost transport links and benefit business and commuters says Wales' Transport Minister Edwina Hart.