Commenting on reports that land, at the centre of the investigation by the Wales Audit Office into sales by the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales (RIFW), is subject to a planning application, Byron Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Regeneration, said:
"While serious investigations are continuing into why the taxpayer has lost millions of pounds in the mis-selling of these pieces of land, it seems grossly inappropriate that plans are already underway to develop on them.
"Hardworking taxpayers who have lost out on these land sales will see the speed in developing lucrative plans to develop them as a slap in the face.
"Depending on the findings of on-going investigations, the status of these pieces of land could be called into question.
"Openness and transparency are critical in rooting out wrongdoing from public life and delivering value for money for hard-pressed taxpayers.
"Selling off large pieces of valuable land in private deals was never going to deliver value for money for the public purse and it is vital that this Labour Government learns the lessons.
"Carwyn Jones’ Labour Minister promised to answer questions and be held to account on this scandal after the summer, yet we are still waiting for the opportunity to find out why the Welsh taxpayer appears to have been cheated out of millions