Plans have been submitted for an electric transport hub in Bridgend which would store and charge electric buses.
The plans by Cenin Renewables are for a one-acre site at Parc Stormy in Stormy Down.
The sustainable transport hub would include 16 parking spaces to store and charge electric buses, 16 HGV electric charging stations, 17 private vehicle parking spaces for staff, two private vehicle electric charging stations, and a hub container office.
In its planning statement Cenin Renewables said Parc Stormy was ideally located for the hub being between three of the key strategic regeneration growth areas – Porthcawl, Valleys Gateway and Bridgend – with excellent links to the A48 and M4 while also being less than 10 miles from Port Talbot.
It highlights the environmental benefits that could be achieved by replacing the county’s diesel bus fleet with electric buses and said its proposals would enable the county to operate electric buses in line with others like Newport and Cardiff.
A statement said: “The benefit of renewable electricity generated on-site will be unique to Bridgend from the site’s diverse range of generation technologies, enabling a fully sustainable electric bus fleet with constant charging availability.”
Cenin Renewables, which owns the former airfield Parc Stormy, has developed the site to include anaerobic digestion and concrete facilities, wind turbines, and a solar farm.
The company said future development phases could involve increasing the capacity of electric vehicles and charging points to not only provide for zero-carbon buses but also for other transport vehicles such as vans and taxis.
Officials insist that the existing bus depot at Brynmenyn is not in a realistic position to upgrade its existing infrastructure to include electric charging stations nor provide a new electric fleet with clean energy.
“It is understood that the existing public transport fleet operator operates approximately 35 vehicles, operating 28 buses from the existing depot at Brynmenyn and an additional six vehicles from Port Talbot,” added the firm’s statement.
“This proposed development would provide the public transport fleet operator with a new sustainable transportation hub that would seek to achieve the future aims of Bridgend Borough County Council (BCBC) and Welsh Government by enabling a suitable zero-carbon bus scheme.”
It also said that with the transition of the county bus depot to Parc Stormy the land occupied by the existing bus depot could be released back to the market for redevelopment.
Merthyr Mawr Community Council has said more information is needed and argue that knock on effects of large vehicles arriving at the site in the early hours and possibly late at night had not been considered.
Meanwhile archaeologists have said while there is a low chance the work would uncover any previously unknown archaeological remains due to prehistoric and Roman remains having previously been found in the area they might be disturbed.
Details of the scheme can be viewed on the council’s planning website – the application number is P/19/550/FUL.
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