The Vale of Glamorgan Councils planning committee approved plans for a 45ha Business Park on land at Port Road, Rhoose - the current site of Model Farm at a meeting on Wednesday.
The plans, which were approved 9 to 8, by the planning committee 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.
Following the news, the Jenkins family which has farmed the land since 1935 and said in 2019 that "Model Farm and farming seems to be in the Jenkins blood" have shared their disappointment in a post on their Wild Wales Seeds Facebook page.
In the post, the Family said "We are extremely sad and disappointed that the vale of Glamorgan planning committee has granted planning permission for the development at the farm"
"Not only are they taking away our farm, but our home, my future, my children’s future, livelihood and our beautiful countryside for us all to enjoy"
"But on behalf of my dad, my family and I, we would like to thank you all so much for your continued support throughout this and a massive thanks to the special people that have worked so hard for the past 2 years to put up a great fight we are eternally grateful "
Rhoose Councillor Andrew RT Davies said “This decision is disastrous for the people of Rhoose and West Barry, who had rightly raised concerns about the loss of agricultural land and the impacts on road congestion.
“There was just one vote in it, and permission was only granted after Labour and Independent councillors voted in favour. I firmly believe there were sufficient planning grounds to reject the application.
“We live in a very different world to the one when the site was first included in the Vale’s Local Development Plan.
“When the plans were first brought forward, we were told the proposed M4 Junction 34 Relief Road would provide key transport infrastructure, but this will now not be built.
“The nearby St Athan Enterprise Park has just been put up for sale. The pandemic has hit demand for commercial office space, and these factors should have been taken into account.”