The grand country houses bought ahead of scrapped M4 relief road which are still owned by Welsh Government

Land bought for more than ?13 million in preparation for the M4 relief road is still owned by the Welsh Government a year after the project was scrapped. Figures released by the Welsh Government revealed ?15,277,202 was spent on compulsory purchase orders for 29 properties affected by the cancelled scheme since 1995. Information acquired by WalesOnline via Freedom of Information legislation reveals the location of the houses which remain Welsh Government property.

The Welsh Government said 22 properties, which were purchased for a total of ?13,219,702, are still in public ownership. Of those, eight are currently tenanted and yield a rental income of ?122,104 annually. Seven of the 29 properties have been sold with a total profit of ?83,235.

The Welsh Government said none of the 22 remaining homes have been put on the property market to date as they have not been declared surplus. Property website Zoopla provides online value estimates for 10 of the properties which were bought for a total of ?3,724,000. According to the property website's estimates, those 10 homes are now worth ?5,135,000.

If the Welsh Government achieved those 10 estimates at resale, they would earn a profit of ?1,411,000. A Welsh Government spokesperson said: "The South East Wales Transport Commission is looking at ways to improve transport in the region. "Once this work has been completed, we will review the land and property we own in the area."

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Properties still owned by the Welsh Government

Longhouse Farm, Coedkernew

Date of purchase: November 2006

Purchase price: ?720,000 Current status: Vacant Rental income: N/A

Zoopla value estimate: ?660,000 Undy House, Undy, Magor Date of purchase: August 2007

Purchase price: ?660,000 Current status: Vacant Rental income: N/A

Zoopla value estimate: N/A Woodland House, Magor Date of purchase: August 2007

Purchase price: ?1,107,000 Current status: Tenanted Rental income: ?22,800 per annum

Zoopla Value estimate: N/A Old Cottage, Knollbury, Magor Date of purchase: March 1995

Purchase price: ?130,000 Current status: Vacant Zoopla value estimate: ?513,000

Horseshoe Cottage, Knollbury, Magor

The grand country houses bought ahead of scrapped M4 relief road which are still owned by Welsh GovernmentHorseshoe Cottage

Date of purchase: August 1998 Purchase price: ?132,500 Current status: Tenanted

Rental income: ?10,560 per annum Zoopla value estimate: ?491,000

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Barecroft House, Barecroft Common, Magor Date of purchase: May 1996

Purchase price: ?158,500 Current status: Tenanted Rental income: ?8,220 per annum

Zoopla value estimate: ?397,000 Cae-Glas, Nash Road, Newport

The grand country houses bought ahead of scrapped M4 relief road which are still owned by Welsh Government

Date of purchase: December 2006 Purchase price: ?300,000

Current status: Tenanted Rental income: ?8,340 per annum Zoopla value estimate: N/A

Annex at Cae-Glas, Nash Road, Newport Date of purchase: December 2006 Purchase price: ?300,000* (Purchased alongside property above.

Both purchased for a total of ?300,000.) Current status: Tenanted Rental income: ?5,940 per annum

Zoopla value estimate: N/A Greenfield House, Nash Road, Newport Date of purchase: March 2007

Purchase price: ?300,000 Current status: Vacant Rental income: N/A

Zoopla value estimate: ?365,000 The Conifers, Coedkernew

The grand country houses bought ahead of scrapped M4 relief road which are still owned by Welsh GovernmentThe Conifers, Coedkernew

Date of purchase: April 2015 Purchase price: ?725,000

Current status: Vacant Rental income: N/A Zoopla value estimate: ?781,000

San Remo, Coedkernew Date of purchase: April 2016 Purchase price: ?350,000

Current status: Vacant Rental income: N/A Zoopla value estimate: ?474,000

Moorland View, Coedkernew Date of purchase: September 2016 Purchase price: ?540,000

Current status: Vacant Rental income: N/A Zoopla value estimate: N/A

Spring Cottage, Coedkernew Date of purchase: June 2016 Purchase price: ?355,000

Current status: Vacant Rental income: N/A Zoopla value estimate: ?464,000

The Glen, Coedkernew

The grand country houses bought ahead of scrapped M4 relief road which are still owned by Welsh Government

Date of purchase: October 2015 Purchase price: ?430,000 Current status: Tenanted

Rental income: ?15,600 per annum Zoopla value estimate: N/A White Cottage, Coedkernew

Date of purchase: December 2015 Purchase price: ?555,000 Current status: Vacant

Rental income: N/A Zoopla value estimate: N/A Dunline (formerly The Cedars) Knollbury

Date of purchase: March 2017 Purchase price: ?365,000 Current status: Vacant

Rental income: N/A Zoopla value estimate: N/A Quarry Cottage, Coedkernew

Date of purchase: June 2017 Purchase price: ?453,000 Current status: Vacant

Rental income: N/A Zoopla value estimate: ?559,000 Danygraig, Coedkernew

Date of purchase: August 2018 Purchase price: ?495,000 Current status: Vacant

Rental income: N/A Zoopla value estimate: N/A Coedkernew House, Coedkernew

Date of purchase: April 2019 Purchase price: ?575,000 Current status: Vacant

Rental income: N/A Zoopla value estimate: N/A The Croft, Coedkernew

Date of purchase: April 2019 Purchase price: ?400,000 Current status: Vacant

Rental income: N/A Zoopla value estimate: ?431,000 Little Orchard, Coedkernew

Date of purchase: December 2018 Purchase price: ?400,000 Current status: Tenanted

Rental income: ?10,200 per annum Zoopla value estimate: N/A Old Court Farm, Rogiet

Date of purchase: March 2018 Purchase price: ?2,354,617 Current status: Tenanted

Rental income: ?21,436 per annum Zoopla value estimate: N/A Court Farm, Rogiet

Date of purchase: May 2018 Purchase price: ?1,714,085 Current status: Tenanted

Rental income: ?19,008 Zoopla value estimate: N/A

Properties sold on by Welsh Government

The Stud Farm, Coedkernew Date of purchase: January 2000

Purchase price: ?315,000 Current status: Sold Date of sale: March 2004

Sale price: ?450,000 Lower Lakes Farm, Newport Date of purchase: January 1995

Purchase price: ?170,000 Current status: Sold Date of sale: January 1997

Sale price: ?135,000 Pye Corner House, Nash Date of purchase: April 1996

Purchase price: ?120,000 Current status: Sold Date of sale: January 2002

Sale price: ?178,000 Ysgubor Newydd, Coedkernew Date of purchase: September 1996

Purchase price: ?220,000 Current status: Sold Date of sale: March 2004

Sale price: ?361,000 Moorbarn, Nash Date of purchase: December 1996

Purchase price: ?192,500 Current status: Sold Date of sale: July 1997

Sale price: ?167,000 The Maerdy, Coedkernew Date of purchase: April 2003

Purchase price: ?680,000 Current status: Sold Date of sale: November 2011

Sale price: ?605,000 Rose Cottage, Knollbury Date of purchase: May 10

Purchase price: ?360,000 Current status: Sold Date of sale: July 2011

Sale price: ?244,735

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