Cardiff International Business Park will be built on farmland east of Cardiff Airport in the Vale of Glamorgan. Legal and General has termed the proposed development as “a key project for Wales”. Moreover, the project will attract millions in investment and will create thousands of new jobs.
Legal and General has reiterated that the business park would create 4,375 jobs. In addition, it will attract £525 million investment, boosting the local economy. “This is a key project for Wales and we know it is important that we continue to communicate our plans to key stakeholders, the community and future partners.”
“Wales must be open for business for those who want to invest and consider investment in its future global economic development. The land has been allocated for planning within the enterprise zone for a number of years.” Andrew McPhillips, Legal and General’s development director of strategic land and major projects expressed his views.
Criticism related to environment
However, the plans have attracted heavy criticism from campaigners and politicians. They are fearing the impact on the environment as a result of concreting a working farm. L&G has turned down the criticism and are citing the project as a model farm. In addition to building the 45-hectare business park, the plans involve giving 48 hectares of farmland to Vale of Glamorgan council. Moreover, they will also safeguard the corridor of land along Porthkerry Road connecting the nearby railway line with Cardiff Airport. They will also build a model farm on business park.
Legal & General bought the farm several years ago. They reserved it for a major building project in 2017 as part of Vale of Glamorgan council’s local development plan. The site is also in one of eight enterprise zones in Wales. The Welsh government is focusing economic development and seeking investment within these zones. Contrary to the views of critics and some local politicians, Legal & General has claimed the development would preserve and enhance the environment.
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