The track will create up to 6,000 jobs claim developers when it is built on open land at Rassau. Nature groups are opposed to the plan.
Parents in Ebbw Vale say they can't believe their children could be taught in temporary classrooms, under plans to close a local school.
As Hurricane Sandy devastates the east coast of America, more than 300 pupils from Wales are stranded in New York.
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.
– Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
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.
– Open Spaces Society
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.
Gwent Wildlife Trust are opposed to the racetrack development. Councillors will hear today that if given the go-ahead wildlife would never recover from the affects of the development.
– Gwent Wildlife Trust
(We) Strongly object to the development on grounds of biodiversity, impacts upon ecosystems, loss of accessible open space, landscape impacts, predicted carbon emissions and flood risk. They are also concerned that taken with committed and proposed developments within the immediate locality, the cumulative impacts will cause significant and irreversible damage to the wildlife and ecosystems of Blaenau Gwent.
Plans for a huge racetrack will go before Blaenau Gwent Council today.
In its planning application the 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 is worth around £300m and would be a venue for MotoGP, World Superbikes & Touring Cars.
It has been projected that the development will annually be worth £50m to the Welsh economy, and attract 750,000 visitors a year to the area.
It would be the UK’s largest ever private investment programme in motor sport infrastructure and would lead to 3,000 construction jobs over two years and approximately 6,000 jobs once it is up and running .
There would also say developers be a technology park for research and development.
A motor sports race academy and training facility to develop young riders and drivers would also be established and would host international race schools and provide safety and driver education and training.
Blaenau Gwent Councillors look set to approved the application despite concerns from environmentalists.
Plans for the 'Circuit of Wales' go before Blaenau Gwent Council today. It's a multi-million pound plan for a race-track and automative technology park planned for Ebbw Vale. The backers of the project say it will provide about 6,000 jobs for the area.
The proposed development includes international-standard karting, Motocross and 4x4 tracks. A technology park on the site will cater for high spec research and development.
Developers also want to build a motor sports race academy and training facility to develop young riders and drivers, host international race schools and provide safety and driver education and training.
A 15-year-old girl has been reported missing. Shona Knapman, from Tredegar, was last seen at an address is Ebbw Vale at 10.05pm last night.
She is 4ft 1in tall, of a small build, with short dark brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information should contact Gwent Police on 101.
An artist from Ebbw Vale who wowed the judges on Britain's Got Talent by creating portraits out of marmite has now paid a cheeky tribute to another ITV talent show star - Rylan Clark.
Nathan Wyburn, who first showed off his skills at portraying celebrities with unusual materials on ITV Cymru Wales, used a tube of fake tan to paint Essex lad Rylan, who finished fifth in last year's X Factor.
"It was inspired by Rylan's obsession with fake tan, I thought it would make a very fitting portrait", Nathan said. "When I presented it to him he claimed it was the most unique gift he'd ever been given, and that it meant more than any cars or clothes he'd received."
Nathan, who is 22 and a fine arts graduate, has used Marmite to paint portraits of the Queen David Beckham, Michael Jackson, Kate Middleton, and our very own Andrea.
Planners in a Valleys community will this week be given more details of a massive new motor sports facility that could cost developers two hundred and fifty million pounds.
Its backers say it could bring economic prosperity to one of our most deprived areas.
But wildlife experts have expressed concerns, and others have questioned whether the ambitious project can succeed in Ebbw Vale, as Hannah Thomas reports.