Planning approval for the 'Circuit of Wales' racetrack north of Ebbw Vale was stopped in its tracks today.
The Welsh Government stepped in to ask Blaenau Gwent Council not to give the plans the green light as ministers want to look at the plans in more detail.
"The holding direction provides the Welsh Ministers with more time within which to consider whether or not the application should be called in for their own determination," said a government spokesman.
"The Welsh Ministers have been asked to call-in the application and those requests are still under consideration. The holding direction provides the Welsh Ministers with more time within which to consider whether or not the application should be called in for their own determination."
The holding direction prevents the council from granting planning permission but doesn't stop the council from continuing to process the application.
On Wednesday's ITV News, Ed Foster from Motor Sport Magazine discusses the proposed Circuit of Wales motorsports track with presenter Jonathan Hill.
He says there are still "plenty of hurdles to come", citing the need for finance.
Michael Carrick, Chief Executive of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company, the firm behind the project, says "genuine concerns" about the environmental impact of the scheme have been taken seriously.
He insisted the project remains viable, saying the site's transport links would benefit it.
Councillors have given their unanimous backing to a massive project to bring jobs and a major visitor attraction to one of Wales' poorest areas.They've rejected enviromental concerns and complaints from some local people to support the £250m Circuit of Wales motorsports scheme.
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Michael Carrick, Chief Executive of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company Ltd which is behind the Circuit of Wales, says the development will bring growth and reposition the South Wales Valleys.
South Wales Police has informed the family of Hollie McClymont of a body found in the sea near Fontygary.
Body recovered from sea near Fontygary, Vale of Glam. Body not yet identified. Family of missing Hollie McClymont informed of development
The 14-year-old from Glasgow went missing last Sunday. It is feared the schoolgirl may have got into difficulty in an area of Whitmore Bay which can be prone to strong tidal currents.
Blaenau gwent Council has unanimously voted yes to approve outline planning permission for a racetrack north of Ebbw Vale.
Developers say it will transform the local economy promising jobs and investment as well as thousands of visitors a year.
The Circuit of Wales, claim developers, will create up to 6,000 jobs if it is built north of Ebbw Vale. Blaenau Gwent Council will vote on whether to approve the plans this afternoon. But nature groups are opposed to the plans claiming it will damage the environment.
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The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority says the Circuit of Wales development should be decided by the Welsh Government and not left to the councillors of Blaenau Gwent.
The BBNPA has written to the Welsh Government to formally request that the application is called in for their determination on the basis that the planning proposals raise planning issues of more than local importance, conflict with national and local policies... are controversial... and will irreparably affect sites of scientific, nature conservation.
The Open Spaces Society says the Circuit of Wales racetrack would be a "gross intrusion" and extremely noisy if it were given the go-ahead by Blaenau Gwent Council.
The proposal is on registered common land where the public has the right to walk and ride. The development cannot proceed unless the land is deregistered and suitable, comparable land is offered in exchange and the transaction permitted by the relevant Minister. We believe such land is not available. Claims on the applicant’s website that planning is the final hurdle are not true and they should be advised of the common land issues.