Cowbridge cattle market proposal gets Vale Council’s support


Published 23 March 2015


The Vale of Glamorgan Council will continue to support the Vale Market Action Group's work to redevelop the historic Cowbridge cattle market after the Council’s cabinet gave their approval to initial plans.


Under the proposal submitted a scaled down market would allow space for a new market hall, housing a number of small shops, a community café and covered open space that would sit alongside an older persons’ residential development. Provision would also be made for public car parking.


At a meeting on 23 March the Council’s cabinet agreed that the initial plan has the potential to be developed into a deliverable proposal and so VMAG have been given a further twelve months to refine their plan and begin to raise the required funds for the scheme.


While a viable proposal is being developed, the Council will begin work on marketing the sections of the site proposed for older people’s accommodation and car parking, and ensuring the necessary local infrastructure is in place.


Councillor Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, commented: “This is a huge leap forward for Cowbridge not only in the redevelopment of the cattle market but also in the role of the local community in driving it forward and in influencing the future direction of their town.


“Local people told us that they did not want to lose their market and that there was an opportunity to develop something for the benefit of the whole town. We listened and offered guidance and they have worked hard to come up with a proposal that appears to have great potential.


“I’m delighted that the Council has been able to work with such a proactive group. The group now has a year to refine their plan and if that is a success we will be inviting bids to deliver the remainder of the proposal.