Ffos Las development, Carmarthenshire
Client: Walters Land
Value: £- Commercial rates
- 600 Acre site
- First purpose built racetrack since 1927
- 500+ houses
- Grandstand and hospitality buildings
- Infrastructure, stables, accomodation
Between 2002 and 2004, a team of highly qualified technical consultants prepared a comprehensive Environmental Statement for the redevelopment of the former Ffos Las opencast mine site near Trimsaran in Carmarthenshire. Formerly one of Europe’s deepest opencast mines (yielding millions of tonnes of coal), the proposed development was for a new race course, residential properties and a new hotel, extending in full to some 600 acres.
In 2006, planning permission was obtained from Carmarthenshire County Borough Council for a proposed leisure and residential mixed use. The site reclamation works commenced in 2007. The site was transformed with miles of drainage, leading to lagoons to store rainwater and run-off for onwards irrigation. The greening continued with habitat creation and reclamation for many returning species.
Persimmon Homes acquired the first parcel of residential land, while stables, hospitality venues, grandstands and paddocks were all completed ahead of schedule. The initial tranche of 250 houses sold out quickly and a further 250 were granted permission and subsequently sold as well.
Ffos Las Racecourse
By June 2009 the Ffos Las Racecourse was opened, the first in the UK constructed specifically for such a purpose since 1927. Now a profitable race venue, providing valuable local employment and a centre for tourism in the area.
Commercial and Community Benefits
The adjacent development is already becoming a thriving, vibrant, local community – with an hotel, pubs and restaurants supporting both the venue and local needs.
You can read all about the racecourse here http://www.ffoslas.co/about/index.php
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