“Airport City” and the missing “Masterplan”: Questions abound for Rhoose residents…

As the Vale of Glamorgan Local Development Plan (LDP) consultation (deadline 20th December) continues, serious implications for residents of Rhoose remain hidden within a “Masterplan” that no one has seen or is able to comment on.

The “Masterplan”, which the Vale council LDP refers to as a Welsh Government document, although the First Minister insists is a Cardiff Airport Board document, contains a reference to an “Airport City”. On page 70, paragraph 6.62 of the LDP, the document says:

airport city reference in LDP

This reference to the Airport City Masterplan can be found in the Local Development Plan on pages 70 – 71

The Masterplan, which we are told will contain details of proposals for this Airport City, including the following elements;

  • “Safeguarding the route” of the railway Spur from the Vale line to the airport.
  • An ‘energy centre’, described as a combined heat and power plant.
  • Employment land to the south of Port Road, which currently comprises the best agricultural land on Model Farm, which Gethin and Rhys Jenkins‘ family has been farming for four generations.
  • An extension to Porthkerry Country Park, by land being transferred from Legal and General, the Landowners (who will see an huge increase in the overall value of their land from its reclassification from Agricultural to Employment land) to the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

The inclusion of this Masterplan within the LDP leaves many questions for us residents of the local area, which you might want to ask local councillors and planners:

  1. Why are the Council, who received our petition opposing the rail spur during the last LDP, still insisting on having this proposal in the new LDP?
  2. How can the council justify tucking way in a reference on page 71 “safeguarding the route of the rail spur”, and then only in a reference to a “Masterplan” that no one has seen nor can comment on?
  3. Why does the Council feel that it needs to allocate more land to the employment zone for this “Airport City” south of Port Road, when there is plenty of employment land already allocated north of the road which hasn’t yet been developed, despite being available for the last 15 years?
  4. How can the council justify rendering Model Farm economically unviable, thereby ending the farm that four generations of tenant farmers have been looking after and from which they have produced high quality food for Wales? Especially while employment land north of Port Road remains undeveloped and unused?
  5. How much disruption will be caused to local residents using Port Road to commute to Barry and Cardiff, in building this power plant and the development (if it ever happens) of the employment land south of the road, and what will happen to the iconic view across the fields to the viaduct, the Bristol channel and beyond from the road?
  6. While the extension to Porthkerry Country park seems positive for the Vale, has the Council looked fully into the financial implications of managing all this extra land? At present, the land is tended by the farmers at Model farm, at no cost to the taxpayer.And perhaps most urgently…
  7. Who is responsible for the creation of this “Masterplan”? When will it be published? Will it be open to public consultation?

Confusion about who is writing the Masterplan

The Vale of Glamorgan Council Local Development plan states clearly that the “Masterplan” is being prepared by the Welsh Government on page 70:


But Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, has said equally clearly in the Senedd that it is NOT a Welsh Government document, but the Cardiff Airport Board are preparing it:

What questions do you want answered about these plans? If you’re a resident of Rhoose, how do you feel about these plans for your local area being developed without consultation with the public? Do you feel that the “Spur” idea is still a threat to our rail services on the Vale line?

4 thoughts on ““Airport City” and the missing “Masterplan”: Questions abound for Rhoose residents…

  1. My family have lived in Rhoose for years and to not be given the right of access to proposed plans and the opportunity to object does not bode well for public support on any decisions!!!

  2. why cant they be open with us Rhoose is already like a town with out the facility’s that’s towns have if they go ahead with this where will all the extra workers needed for this sort of thing live, are we in Barry and Rhoose to become a part of Cardiff by stealth, filling all our green Fields with houses and offices, no one has asked us if we want to be part of Cardiff.
    the only thing that’s Cardiff around here is the name on the airport and i hope it stays that way.

  3. I live on Rhoose and we’ve received NO consultation. I drive into Cardiff everyday for work and it already takes me 45mins/1hr. Any Roads works would increase my travel time and that of others, as there is no other route from Rhoose to Barry. The investment could be used on existing Brown Field sites within Barry Docks (which has existing spurs off the main railway, and a relatively shorter travel time from the M4)

    This proposed rail spur what type of traffic will be travelling on it? If it’s for passengers then is the cost outstanding natural beauty, and the cost to local wildlife really worth it for a few extra people. The Airport has been in decline over the last couple of years with the number of flights arriving/departing, which generate an amazing amount of noise/air pollution, as does the various trains as they trundle their way to Aberthaw Power Station and Bridgend respectively.

    Cardiff Airport has been mismanaged for the last 15 years, with poor decision making. If they want to make the airport into a brand leader (that is hopefully the intention) then the investment should have been made 15 years ago, on the connecting roads from the M4.

    Just like the proposed Severn Barrage this will get pushed through and rushed and in 20 years time only a select few would have reaped the rewards!

  4. Oh for heaven’s sake – small minded people again scaremongering with outrageous statements –

    “are we in Barry and Rhoose to become a part of Cardiff by stealth, filling all our green Fields with houses and offices, no one has asked us if we want to be part of Cardiff.
    the only thing that’s Cardiff around here is the name on the airport and i hope it stays that way”!!!!

    Are people living in Cardiff a different race or do they have 3 arms or something?

    Is this the level of debate or is debate not permitted!

    I ask you….!!

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