Circuit of Wales
There have been few racetrack developments in recent years which have stirred up as much controversy and divided opinion as much as the Circuit of Wales. Announced in 2011, the £325 million project to build a new home for Britain's round of the MotoGP series has endured planning and financial setbacks, leaving some to doubt whether it would ever become a reality.
The scheme would see 830 acres of land at Rassau, near Ebbw Vale in South Wales, transformed into an international standard circuit, capable of hosting top-level motorcycle racing and everything on four wheels all except Formula One. In addition, the Heads of the Valleys Development Company says that the circuit will be worth £45 million annually to the Welsh economy, generating some 6,000 permanent jobs through provision of facilities for motorsport industries. An on-site hotel, race academy and training facilities would boost employment opportunities further and help attract up to 750,000 visitors a year.