CITY DEAL AND WELSH GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR EWENNY ROAD SITE OFFERS POTENTIAL FOR
NEW JOBS, HOMES, RETAIL OUTLETS, ENTERPRISE HUB, AND PARK AND RIDE
The long-awaited development of the Ewenny former “brownfield” industrial site has taken a major step forward, with a decision expected imminently on a multi-million pound funding package which can unlock the potential for an exciting new development. The scheme would include affordable housing and retail units, new Park-and-Ride facilities for Ewenny Road train station, and a new Enterprise Hub creating new jobs at the heart of the Llynfi valley.
Ogmore MS Huw Irranca-Davies says “This is incredibly welcome news comes after years of painstaking work behind the scenes to deal with the massive remedial costs from the industrial and mining legacy of the site before work could proceed. Now we are at the start of an exciting new chapter for this major development site, and for Maesteg and the Llynfi valley too.”
Local councillor Richard Collins added “This is only happening because of a real partnership between our Welsh Labour Government and Bridgend Council and the developer CWC group. But it would also be underpinned by major investment from the Cardiff City Region Deal, in which Bridgend Council is a major partner.”
Maesteg Town Councillor Ceri Reeves – a long-time campaigner for the redevelopment of the site along with other Labour councillors - states “What a shot in the arm this will be for Maesteg and the area, with jobs in construction, jobs in retail, and jobs in the new Enterprise Hub too. We are delighted to see real prospects for new life and new homes – and new jobs – coming to the valley.”
The proposed development would also comprise 186 new residential dwellings on this former brownfield land, including a minimum of 28 units of affordable housing. This will be complemented by the development of a Park and Ride and Transport Interchange, so that residents can make the most of the rail connections to and from the valley too.
Ogmore MP Chris Elmore praised the partnership which has brought this forward, saying “This is a huge boost of confidence for Maesteg and the Llynfi, made possible by incredible work over several years by the council and developers, but also by the non-stop lobbying of Welsh Government by Huw Irranca-Davies MS, and the strong support of our local councillors and our town councillors. They never gave up, and we are in reach of the breakthrough we need for an exciting future for this landmark site, and a big boost for the people of this valley.”