Posted on: Thursday 9 March 2023
Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran will spring back into life in time for the summer season.
In October, Torfaen councillors approved a £1.77m plan to redevelop the popular farm in Cwmbran. The masterplan, which includes new outdoor adventure activities, indoor soft play area and licensed bar, aims to transform the 120-acre site into one of the most popular visitor destinations in the region.
The farm which has been closed over the winter will now partially reopen to the public this summer and will remain open throughout the summer while the major redevelopment work continues.
Cllr Fiona Cross, Torfaen’s Executive Member for Children, Families and Communities, said:
“The project is moving forward although significant inflation on construction materials has created cost pressures requiring further engagement over design and build with potential developers. These conversations are ongoing, but at this early stage in the project, and while we still have some flexibility in design, it is in everyone’s interest that we deliver our exciting aspirations for the farm within the budget previously approved by councillors.
“Planning agreement, as well as several surveys are still necessary for the next phase of the project, including a bat survey on the existing building which depending on the weather can only take place when the bats come out of hibernation in April or May. The results of this and other site surveys will determine more detailed plans which we'll share once complete. Because of the changes, we’re advised by developers that the completion of the new facilities will be in spring 2025.
“We know the public are eager to revisit the new look farm and are excited by our vision for the farm, so we thank people for their patience. However, it is vital we get the end product right and achieve value for money at the same time. Reopening the outdoor spaces on the farm in the summer will allow the public to still enjoy the animals and the farm experience while work is ongoing."