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Planning Committee set to decide on controversial Model Farm development


The Vale of Glamorgan Planning Committee will tomorrow (14th) decide whether to grant permission for a controversial new business park at Model Farm in Rhoose.

In May 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.


South Wales Central MS and Rhoose Councillor Andrew RT Davies said "Circumstances have changed since the site was included in the Vale's LDP, with the pandemic dramatically reducing demand for commercial office space."

"The Welsh Government have also cancelled plans for the M4 J34 link road, which was initially sold as being a key transport link to the site. I very much hope councillors will vote to refuse the application tomorrow."

In 2019, a Vale of Glamorgan Council spokesperson said: “The Council has received a planning application from Legal and General for this site, which has been identified for a business park in our Local Development Plan.

“This application has yet to be determined and will be considered in exactly the same way as any other. The views of all interested parties will be taken into account, all letters of representation will be fully considered and due regard paid to any factors relating to transport and the environment.”

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