ANOTHER 139 homes will be built at Ffos Las racecourse in Carmarthernshire.
Work on the Persimmon Homes properties is due to start in the spring or summer after county planning officers gave the housebuilder’s reserved matters scheme approval.
Persimmon Homes has already built 130 houses by the racecourse, which was formerly an opencast mine.
The new buildings will be two, three and four-bedroom homes and include 14 affordable properties.
The 1.5-mile racecourse lies between Carway and Trimsaran and was opened 10 years ago.
Ward councillor Tyssul Evans said many young people had moved to the new houses from Llanelli.
“Hopefully they will integrate with the ‘old’ Carway,” he said. “We are trying to get young pupils to attend Carway Primary School.”
He added that a convenience store had reopened in the village.
The planning consent has a number of conditions, including that a travel plan is submitted and approved before any of the 139 new houses are occupied.
And no demolition or construction can take place other than between 8am and 6pm on Monday to Friday, except bank holidays when no work is allowed, and 8am to 2pm on Saturday.
Mining at the 608-acre site was first recorded in 1896, when 144 miners produced coal and fireclay.
Drift mines employed many people over the years before being closed, but Trimsaran Colliery was reopened in 1984 by Celtic Energy. It closed 13 years later.
A Persimmon Homes spokesman said: “We are delighted to have secured planning permission for this next phase of work at Ffos Las.
“We have already built 130 properties at this site. The huge demand we saw encouraged us to push forward with these plans for another 139 much-needed homes.”