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Monmouthshire County Council with Welsh Cycling wishes to create a ‘Velo Park’ cycling facility in the Abergavenny area to enhance the reputation of the town and county as one of the foremost cycling destinations in Wales. The initiative builds on the partnership with local clubs to promote grassroots cycling and high profile and successful national and regional scale cycling events held in the town.

In Monmouthshire, there is a commitment to increase the accessibility and quality of physical activity opportunities for all residents, with the aim of supporting healthy lifestyles for its residents and allowing them to achieve their sporting potential. It includes ensuring cycling is a mainstream activity, and for Monmouthshire to meet its National and International reputation for cycle sport and tourism.

Developing the physical infrastructure, making cycling safer, easier and more integrated across Monmouthshire includes a commitment to developing a Velo Park including a closed road circuit (CRC) to act as a base for cycling across the county. The facility will support the promotion of cycling for leisure, tourism, club and school development as well as national and regional level racing and event.

The proposed Velo Park is located next to the Llanfoist Household Waste Recycling Centre and includes a mix of facilities suitable for road, cyclocross and entry-level mountain biking. The emphasis is on providing features that attract a broader range of users (families, leisure cyclists, competitors) to experience coaching, training, racing as well as recreational use. It will also be available for other wheeled non-motorised sports including running, roller skiing and use by wheelchairs and adapted bikes.

The design of the Velo Park has carefully balanced the sites landscape and ecological qualities with the suitability of the terrain and nearby facilities to support cycling and wheeled sports.

The purpose of this consultation is to provide the opportunity to comment directly on a proposed development prior to the submission of a planning application to the local planning authority (“LPA”) at a later date. Any subsequent planning application will be publicised by the relevant LPA; any comments provided in response to this notice will not prejudice your ability to make representations to the LPA on any related planning application. You should note that any comments submitted may be placed on the public file.

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If you wish to comment about this proposed development please write to or write to the project consultants Owen Davies Consulting, 7A Nevill Street, Abergavenny NP7 5AA by 18th December 2020.