An investigation has been launched over the conduct of a Welsh Minister regarding the Circuit of Wales planning application.

According to Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has asked the Permanent Secretary to 'look into the facts' surrounding a letter sent by Alun Davies to Natural Resources Wales, in which Davies said he was "very disappointed" by the body's approach to the Circuit of Wales planning application.

Davies, the Natural Resources and Food Minister, is also the Welsh Assembly Member (AM) for Blaenau Gwent, venue for the planned ?280m development.

Jones confirmed that he was responding to "concerns expressed recently about the actions of one of my Ministers and whether his role as a constituency member has conflicted with his position as a Minister."

Silverstone is the current home of the British MotoGP, but the Circuit of Wales has made no secret of its desire to take over the event. Silverstone's present contract expires this season.

A previous BBC report on the Circuit of Wales stated: "No deal has yet been signed with owners of the MotoGP races, Dorna Sports... There are also delays in starting building work on the site because of planning issues."

Circuit developers are said to be asking for up to ?50 million from the UK and Welsh governments, on the basis that it will create 6,000 jobs and bring 750,000 visitors a year to the area.

Securing the British MotoGP would be crucial to achieving those figures.


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