The decision to grant planning permission for a new business park at Model Farm will be “disastrous” for residents of Rhoose and West Barry, South Wales Central MS Andrew RT Davies has said.
Planning permission was granted yesterday after councillors on the Vale of Glamorgan Planning Committee voted to approve the application, by 9 votes to 8.
The application only passed after Labour and Independent councillors voted in favour.
Addressing the meeting, Mr Davies had urged councillors to vote to refuse the application on the basis of planning law.
He pointed out there had been a “material change in circumstances” since the site was first included in the Vale of Glamorgan Local Development Plan.
The proposed M4 Junction 34 link road had previously been cited as one of the main transport links to the development, but this has now been scrapped by ministers.
Mr Davies also claimed demand for commercial office space in the area had been substantially reduced by the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The 1,200 acre Enterprise Park at nearby St Athan has recently been put up for sale by the Welsh Government.
Mr 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.”