Assisted area status for parts of the Vale
Published 05 June 2014
The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s efforts to have parts of the Vale designated as ‘assisted areas’ by the European Commission have paid off.
Assisted area status allows businesses to receive higher levels of support from public bodies and the new map covers the next 6 years. The Commission has this week approved the draft assisted areas map submitted by the UK government in April.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council made a robust case to the UK government for parts of the county to be included in the draft map during two separate rounds of consultation. During this process the Council stressed the benefits to the Vale and the region as a whole of encouraging businesses to invest in the area and to take advantage of the Cardiff Airport/St Athan Enterprise Zone.
After a lengthy process the 2014-2020 Assisted Areas Map has now been approved and published. It includes areas around Cardiff Airport and St Athan as well as a section of land around Junction 34 of the M4 motorway.
Cllr Lis Burnett, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This is fantastic news for the Vale. We made a strong case for encouraging investment in the Enterprise Zone and beyond. This case was based on the creation of jobs for the wider area. Large scale business investment triggers growth in supply chain businesses well beyond the original investment so I expect the benefits to be widespread.”