The Welsh Government has said it will not fund a proposed controversial new road in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The road would link Sycamore Cross on the A48 with Junction 34 of the M4, but there has been a campaign against the plans and a 12-week public consultation last year raised concerns about the impact on the environment and local communities.
The proposals had drawn criticism from villagers in Pendoylan whose houses would be knocked down, cyclists using country lanes which could be blocked off, and Coed Cymru which has warned ancient woodland would be felled to make way for the road.
Now, Welsh Government is pulling funding as part of its new Transport Strategy that was announced on Friday, making it unlikely for the plan to go ahead.
In a letter on Friday, Economy Minister Ken Skates said: “I can confirm that the Welsh Government will not continue to provide funding to the Vale of Glamorgan council for further WeITAG work on ‘Transport Improvements from Junction 34 to A48’, as the scheme is not in line with our grant criteria or the transport policy framework we have set in the Llwybr Newydd.”
Vale of Glamorgan MS Jane Hutt, who has campaigned against the plans, said: “Good news thanks to the Vale community campaign I backed and supported! Good news for the environment and future generations.”
The case for the road was that it would improve transport across the region, including to Cardiff Airport, St Athan’s Enterprise Zone, and new housing developments.
But it would likely cost around £66 million to build, and was dependent on funding from the Welsh Government.
In response to the news that the funding was no longer being provided, one campaigner said: “Fantastic news. This scheme was utterly, utterly pointless.
“Regardless if there was anticipated extra demand from the Valleys via Miskin, a short five minute journey east or west at that junction would give people the option of joining either the A48 or the A4232.”
In a report to the council’s cabinet, which meets on Monday, March 22, detailed responses were given to the main concerns raised in the consultation. The cabinet will be asked to approve further analysis, before moving on to writing up a full business case for the road.