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14th June 2019

New business park planned at Cardiff Airport expected to provide jobs for more than 2,000 people

BY: Matt Discombe Local Democracy Reporter

A new business park which would provide jobs for more than 2,000 people is being planned at Cardiff Airport.

The 111-acre development on land at Port Road in Rhoose, adjacent to the airport, would have 1.7m sq ft of business space including offices, light industrial space and warehouses for the aerospace and related industries.

Legal and General, which hopes to have planning permission approved by the end of the year, would also transfer 103 acres of land to the council to extend Porthkerry Country Park.

Porth Busnes Parc Cymru would form part of wider plans for the Welsh Government’s Enterprise Zone around Cardiff Airport, which will also include  another aerospace business park in St Athan.

The developer estimated Porth Busnes Parc Cymru could provide more than 2,000 jobs once fully operational plus “a considerable number of jobs at the construction stage”.

A statement on behalf of Legal and General says: “The St Athan – Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone is seen as a key driver for economic growth across the Cardiff Capital Region and the (business park) scheme can act as a catalyst for other proposed developments in the Enterprise Zone.

“The transfer of 42ha of land to the Vale of Glamorgan Council will facilitate a sizeable extension to Porthkerry Country Park, providing increased opportunities for recreation and amenity, habitat creation and connectivity and biodiversity management.”

The business park has potential to deliver over 1m sq ft of warehousing and distribution floorspace for Cardiff Airport, the developer says.

Cardiff and Vale College is also proposing a new advanced manufacturing campus in the northern part of the Enterprise Zone, which will open in September 2022 subject to planning and funding. The campus would replace the existing, smaller International Centre for Aerospace Training.

Vehicles would reach the new business park via a new arm on the Port Road – A4226 roundabout.

Planning agent RPS says it intends to submit an outline planning application to Vale of Glamorgan Council in July.

Cardiff Airport also has a masterplan for how it wants to grow its business by 2040.

The masterplan includes the potential for a new cargo terminal, improvements to pedestrian and cycle access to and through the airport site including links to Rhoose and Barry, and creating opportunities for aviation, cargo, education, technology and innovation.

A Vale of Glamorgan Council spokesman said: “The Council’s Local Development Plan includes a 77 hectare business park at Cardiff Airport and a 42 hectare extension to Porthkerry Country Park.

“The transfer of this land from L&G to the Council for use as a country park would have to form part of any planning application that may follow the current consultation by L&G.”

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