Bridgend approves £50m Sports Village Plans

Thursday, 7th July 2011

  Its not all doom and gloom in construction for Wales! There are major projects in the pipeline and in construction such as the Business Centre in central Cardiff, the Ebbw Vale Learning Zone and another exciting project which is the Island Farm Sports Village.   Developer, HD Ltd wants to build 15,000-seat, 5,000-seat and 2,000-seat stadia, as well as a national tennis centre and other sporting facilities on the former site of a World War II prisoner-of-war camp.   A sports centre is planned to include an indoor swimming pool, two indoor sports halls and squash courts. The tennis centre would include nine indoor courts and ten outdoor courts. The site would also have facilities for boxing, hockey and cricket, and would involve an extension to the local science and technology park.   Subject to Welsh Government approval, the controversial Island Farm project is expected to cost around £50m, and would take several years to complete. Concerns were raised over traffic issues, the use of Grade 2 agricultural land, and the quality of the jobs which would be created. Objections were received from 1,200 people, or 1% of the population of the county of Bridgend, and a campaign group opposing the applications was set up however Bridgend's mayor received a petition, signed by 4,498 people, in favour of the plans - which even include a special bridge so protected species such as dormice can safely cross the road.   This project will provide not only much needed jobs in the region but much appreciated work for Building Services firms throughout South Wales.