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9th August 2019

Full details of Business Park Planned for model farm unveiled

BY: Nathan Spackman

Following a recent public consultation process, Legal & General (Strategic Land) Ltd have now submitted an outline planning application to the Vale Council for a proposed business park at Model Farm, Port Road, Rhoose.

The application proposes over 1.5 million square feet of high quality office, light industrial, warehousing and distribution space, which will be targeted towards businesses from the aviation and hi-tech manufacturing sectors should planning permission be granted.

The site forms part of the St Athan–Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone, designated by Welsh Government in 2012 to target and grow aerospace and defence related investment and utilise local skills. The application also seeks to provide habitat for local wildlife, as well as retaining existing hedgerows and ancient woodland.

As part of the proposals, 103 acres (42 hectares) of land is being transferred to the Vale Council for an extension to Porthkerry Country Park.

RPS, Legal & General’s planning agent, received over 300 representations as a result of the public consultation and Sebastian Balcombe, strategic land manager for Legal & General said: “It was really encouraging to receive so much feedback, both at the public exhibition and through the course of the 28-day consultation period.

“While not all was positive, it has helped us to refine the scheme and make improvements. The site has been allocated for development in the Local Development Plan since 2017 and is also part of the enterprise zone. Legal & General are eager to play our part in the growth of the enterprise zone and continue our investment in south Wales. The scheme will bring much needed jobs to the area both during construction and once operators are in place and we are working closely with Cardiff Airport and Cardiff and Vale College to promote the area for business.

“It is also great that we can add to Porthkerry Park, which we know is a much loved facility by local residents.”

The application documents can be viewed at www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk. A hard copy is also being made available at Rhoose Library. Legal & General are hoping for a decision by the end of the year.

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