Island Farm development won’t be called in by Welsh Government

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The “final hurdle” for the proposed Island Farm Sports Village appears to have been cleared.

The proposed development was referred to the Welsh Government’s planning division because Bridgend Council had a financial interest in the scheme – presumably as a land owner – as well as the development being a deviation from the adopted Unitary Development Plan.


However, the planning division have decided not to call in the proposal, meaning the final decision on the go-ahead rests with Bridgend Council, who voted in favour of the scheme (or more accurately voted not to refuse it) last month.


Bridgend Council’s planning committee are scheduled to meet again on August 25th.

Owen

  • MH

    The site is right next to the Vale of Glamorgan railway line, but there's no indication of a new station on the plans, though there seems to be room for one. Do you know if this has been considered? It would be very sensible in terms of getting large numbers of spectators to the site without relying on road transport.

  • MH

    The site is right next to the Vale of Glamorgan railway line, but there's no indication of a new station on the plans, though there seems to be room for one. Do you know if this has been considered? It would be very sensible in terms of getting large numbers of spectators to the site without relying on road transport.

  • MH – Bridgend Town Council and Laleston Community Council observations for the final report did say that the developers should investigate a railway station. There's no mention of it in BCBC's response or conditions, and yes I do believe it's a missed opportunity even if it were only used on match/event days.

    There will be a park and ride on the site as well as a shuttle bus to/from Bridgend station on event days though.

  • MH – Bridgend Town Council and Laleston Community Council observations for the final report did say that the developers should investigate a railway station. There's no mention of it in BCBC's response or conditions, and yes I do believe it's a missed opportunity even if it were only used on match/event days.

    There will be a park and ride on the site as well as a shuttle bus to/from Bridgend station on event days though.

  • Anonymous

    Get real – we are talking about Arriva – they will schedule no trains stopping there on the weekend, or at best leaving half way through a match…….Will be an opportunity squandered.

    Penddu

  • Anonymous

    Get real – we are talking about Arriva – they will schedule no trains stopping there on the weekend, or at best leaving half way through a match…….Will be an opportunity squandered.

    Penddu

  • MH

    Hopefully Arriva will lose the franchise when it expires in 2018, Pen, and if we get our act together we should be able to form a publicly owned or not-for-distributable-profit company to run it from then on.

    Perhaps the station doesn't have to be built now. But I think it is reasonable to design the complex to include for it, particularly in terms of pedestrian flow. And to earmark the land so that it doesn't get developed.

    In ten years, maybe fifteen, when fuel prices are so high that public transport has to be transformed, this might well be the way that most people get to and from the complex.

  • MH

    Hopefully Arriva will lose the franchise when it expires in 2018, Pen, and if we get our act together we should be able to form a publicly owned or not-for-distributable-profit company to run it from then on.

    Perhaps the station doesn't have to be built now. But I think it is reasonable to design the complex to include for it, particularly in terms of pedestrian flow. And to earmark the land so that it doesn't get developed.

    In ten years, maybe fifteen, when fuel prices are so high that public transport has to be transformed, this might well be the way that most people get to and from the complex.