Labour’s Model Farm decision fails climate change and localism test

A community in the Vale of Glamorgan is united in anger as the Labour-run Vale Council approved proposals to build over a local farm. Vale Communities Unite – an action group for Vale of Glamorgan – is protesting plans to turn Model Farm, in Rhoose, into a 45-hectare business park.

Planning permission for the site was granted after 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. The land has been farmed by one family – the Jenkins’ – since 1935, yet despite thousands of objections, including concerns about climate change.

But Legal and General, who own the land, now have planning permission after the Vale of Glamorgan approved the site last month. Commenting, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Senedd, Andrew RT Davies MS 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. “This decision fails both the climate change and localism tests and it’s high time Labour listened to the wishes of local residents.”