Fresh vision for Cowbridge livestock market site
A new Project Board set up by the Vale of Glamorgan Council has set out an ambitious vision for Cowbridge Livestock Market site; an area of the town that it has concluded is in need of comprehensive regeneration.
The new board, established following this year’s local elections, believes there is great potential for the site owing to its town centre location at the heart of Cowbridge Conservation Area and adjacent to the historic town wall.
For this reason it is proposing subject to Cabinet approval, funding and feasibility an ambitious redevelopment, which it believes will boost the town centre and provide additional public car parking.
The new proposals would see the existing Livestock Market relocate to the edge of Cowbridge, the Vale Market Community Enterprise (VMCE) deliver their proposed Exchange building on Council owned land alongside the town wall, and for improvements to be made to public car parking alongside the town wall and in the main livestock site.
The current main market site would then be marketed by the Council as an opportunity for a high quality sustainable development including additional parking for the town.
There would also be an opportunity for the Charter Trust, subject to funding, viability and statutory consents, to realise its ambition of further restoring the town wall.
“As a new Board we have looked at this project from a fresh perspective and consider that the regeneration of this site will strengthen the town centre, provide some much needed public car parking, and retain the opportunity for the VMCE to deliver The Exchange and the Charter Trust to pursue restoring the historic town walls.
“Constructive meetings have been held between the board, the market operator, Glam Marts, and VMCE and the board is already working with Glam Marts to identify an alternative location that could see the livestock market established as part of an exciting new ‘agricultural hub’ for the local area.
“We know what we are proposing is ambitious and a significant step up from what may have been considered in the past. This will be an exciting process with many factors to consider. Not least that clearly any new development would have to be sympathetically designed to respect its historic context and the conservation area status. We are, however, determined to see it succeed and Cowbridge town centre become more vibrant than ever.” - Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council
The VMCE has agreed that the suggestions raised regarding the future of the livestock market, the creation of the community ‘Exchange' building and the increased parking facility has great potential.
“The VMCE has always believed that by addressing the issues of the old livestock market site in a positive way would provide the Vale with a vibrant, healthy and sustainable market town, supporting traders and the community alike, we are delighted with the attitude of the new project board.”
Mandy Davies, VMCE chair
A report on the future of the Livestock Market site is due to be considered by Cabinet before the end of the year.