Llanbadarn Council asked to sell more land for Sainsbury’s

Llanbadarn Fawr Community Council has been asked to sell its  land next to the Llety Parc playing field outside Aberystwyth to add to land reportedly being sold to Sainsbury’s for development.

The land, which comprises a football pitch and a play area next to the railway line, would add approximately 50% to the land available for a supermarket.

The Community Council is now writing to all residents in the village to ask for their views. Their letter says,

"Dear All,
A developer has expressed an interest in purchasing the community playing field and children’s playing field that lie between the railway line and Llety Parc fields for a proposed supermarket development.

"Preliminary advice confirms the Council is free to sell this land if it resolves to do so, and the Council members will need to decide in the near future whether to enter into negotiations with the developer concerned.

"The councillors recognise the sale of this land would mean the loss of popular public facilities which are conveniently located within the village. However, subject to identifying an alternative site, the proceeds of sale could be used to acquire similar facilities elsewhere within the community and provide a surplus enabling the Council to fund other capital projects now or in the future.

"The decision whether to sell the land will be made by the Council but it was resolved at the last meeting to canvas local opinion on the proposal by inviting comments from every household within the community. The Council would welcome hearing from you with your views by 18th December 2011."

The interest in the land by Sainsbury's adds a further layer to the debate about Mill Street car park in Aberystwyth. 

Llanbadarn Fawr Community Council can be contacted at ccllanbadarnfawr@hotmail.co.uk or Llygad y Fro, Rhydyfelin, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 4QD


  1. The only good thing about the potential Mill St development is that a supermarket (if we need another one) is in town. What is the argument allowing this Llanbadarn development and not allowing food stores in the vacant Focus and MFI sites?

  2. Oh hurray, we need ANOTHER supermarket. We are so deprived of food buying opportunities in Aberystwyth and beyond. Who needs playing fields, green space, recreation grounds anyway? What we need is more concrete, more car use, more waste produced. This proposal is crazy.

  3. I want to make it quite clear that I never comment as "Anonymous" on this site. I do ,however, concur with the sentiments expressed in the 2 comments above.

  4. this proposal seems completely absurd - why on earth do we need more supermarkets? Are local small businesses suffering enough?

  5. It's also important to remember that, unlike the Mill Street development, this idea is being pursued soley by private landowners/companies and has no backing from the County Council who have not desgnated the land for retail use.

  6. I understand that Llanbadarn Community Council turned down the application from Sainsbury's by 8 votes to 1 on Monday.