The proposals to build an International MotorSport Facility near Rassau in Ebbw Vale will be devastating for a wealth of wildlife that can be found in the area.
The current proposals have a development plot of 320ha – an area the size of a town such as Abergavenny or Chepstow, and proposals include a race track, motocross and karting circuits, a technology park, hotels, and car parking for over 30,000 cars.
Gwent Wildlife Trust is opposed to this development as over 200ha of wildlife-rich habitat will be completely destroyed.
The site at Rassau is a mixture of rich acid grassland, heathland and bog, with a stream network throughout. It’s home to a wealth of wildlife including rare dragonflies and birds including the hen harrier and grasshopper warbler.
There will also be negative consequences for wildlife in the wider area, as species will be affected by the increased noise and light, and the increased traffic on the local road network.
Gwent Wildlife Trust says:
"This is not a decision we’ve taken lightly. We understand that there is a need in the local area for jobs and economic regeneration. However, we believe that a healthy environment is an essential component of all our lives. Development that degrades and erodes the natural environment ultimately damages our own wellbeing. Ultimately, not to oppose this development would be failing in our charitable objective to stand up for wildlife."