Mid-Wales economy to receive boost as new business park is approved

Image of the proposed Abermule business units

4 February 2021

Image of the proposed Abermule business unitsPlans for a new business park in north Powys have been given the go-ahead, the county council has said.

Powys County Council will now develop business units as part of the new Abermule Business Park after the council's Planning, Taxi Licensing & Rights of Way Committee approved the planning application today (Thursday, February 4).

The new business park will provide flexible options for start-up businesses and local companies, with an excellent opportunity to boost economic development in the area and improve local employment prospects.

"I'm delighted that planning permission has been granted for this exciting development. As part of our Vision 2025, we want to create a vibrant economy and this high-quality development will positively contribute to the economy of Powys," explains Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Property.

"The business park will also contribute towards the Welsh Government's Wellbeing of Future Generations Act, which states that 'a prosperous Wales' will be achieved, in part, through an innovative, productive and low carbon society with an economy which generates wealth and provides employment opportunities."

Having been earmarked for industrial development within the Local Development Plan, for over 20 years, the site is specifically allocated for small and medium sized employment opportunities and will capitalise on the county's main road and transport infrastructure.

In particular, the park will encourage business owners and employees to engage in healthy lifestyles choices by accessing the site via active travel or public transport.

The site will also contribute towards the council's climate change resilience through the use of renewable and low carbon energy sources whilst also building on and increasing the native species planting of the adjacent North Powys Bulking Facility across the whole site.

The units will be available for rent from the council, who will manage the site once the development is complete.

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