‘This is an important project which will help Cardiff Airport strengthen its position as a gateway for business, tourism and leisure, while attracting world class talent.’ - Sebastian Balcombe, Strategic Land Manager for Legal & General
In May of this year, 2019, Legal and General (Strategic Land) Ltd, released their plans to build a 45ha Business Park on land at Port Road, Rhoose, adjacent to Cardiff Airport; the current site of Model Farm.
The Business Park proposes Class B1, B2 and B8 floorspace for businesses, ample car parking, landscaping, and drainage infrastructure and biodiversity enhancement through the gifting of land to Vale of Glamorgan Council to extend Porthkerry Country Park.
It has been touched on by both Legal and General (Strategic Land) Ltd, RPS Group and the original Local Development Plan that this development may be a phased project taking years to complete. This area is currently inaccessible by car and it is proposed that access will be provided via a new arm of the existing Port Road Roundabout which links Barry to the wider Vale.
RPS Group (planners for the proposed site), are promising that ‘It will provide high quality offices, light industrial and warehousing and distribution units in a unique setting.’
Recently, I caught up with all parties that have an investment in this development to get their opinions on the proposed business park.
Legal and General are the owners and proposed developers of the land that Model Farm occupies. Unfortunately, a representative was unavailable for interview, however Sebastian Balcombe, Strategic Land Manager for Legal & General provided me with the below statement:
“It is important to us that we continue to engage with local people to hear their concerns and get to the best outcome. The site has been allocated for development in the Local Development Plan since 2017 and we continue to work closely with our Enterprise Zone partners including the Vale of Glamorgan and the Welsh Government, to ensure the scheme best meets the needs of the local area. As part of this, careful consideration is being paid to the impact of the development on the environment and local wildlife. We are committed to ensuring that, where possible, habitat for local species is protected and enhanced and have included in our proposals a landscape buffering and tree planting programme, alongside a commitment to extending the country park. This is an important project which will help Cardiff Airport strengthen its position as a gateway for business, tourism and leisure, while attracting world class talent. We are eager to play our part in the growth of the Enterprise Zone, creating thousands of jobs for local people.”
Samantha Campbell is a producer for the Vale this Week, which airs Wednesday night from 6pm on Bro Radio. Samantha also writes online content for special events in the Vale of Glamorgan.