A local tenant farmer has now added his objections to the growing clamour against the controversial 350-home Cog Road Housing Development between Sully and Penarth.
The development has already been criticised for :-
- the congestion and added traffic it would bring to local roads and the main routes from Sully – via Penarth – to Cardiff and
- the additional strain on Sully and Penarth schools which are already full to bursting point.
Now however, the detrimental effect on local farming has been highlighted . The tenant of Cog Farm, Mr J R Davies, stands to lose 32 acres of his current 200 acre holding if the Taylor Wimpey housing scheme goes ahead.
A firm of agricultural consultants Reading Agricultural Services has produced a report – now lodged with the Vale of Glamorgan Council – which says this amounts to losing 16% of the total farmland. The report says the loss of 32 acres “would have a major adverse effect on the farm business and could jeopardise its existence due to the lack of available local land to rent in replacement”.
The Vale Council is being reminded that the Welsh Assembly Government has a declared objective of ensuring a “sustainable and profitable future for farming families and businesses” and that the loss of part of any agricultural holding can have important knock-on effects for the viability of the remainder of the farm.
The report also says that farms with urban development close to them tend to suffer from “trespass and other forms of disturbance which may affect the efficiency and upkeep of holdings” and that “Trespass will be a major issue to Cog Farm “
The Vale Council is now being asked to take these agricultural objections into account in addition to those already made by local residents to the Cog Road Housing scheme .