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Council pulls plug on rugby academy

CONTRACTS SOUTH WALES

A PLANNED academy at Bridgend to develop the next generation of Welsh rugby union talent has been kicked into touch after the local council reversed its decision to give it the go-ahead.

The academy was part of a £140 million development that would have included homes, a hotel and business park.

Bridgend County Borough Council had already given the development outline planning permission. But following last June's local elections the incumbent Labour council lost overall control and was replaced by a coalition of Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and independents, which has pulled the plug.

Developer Macob had agreed to buy the land from the local authority in order to build houses to fund the academy.

The firm is now set to appeal the decision.