Ffos Las Racecourse is located in the outskirts of village of Trimsaran in Carmarthenshire, West Wales. It covers an area of some 600 acres.
Between 2002 and 2004, a team of highly qualified technical consultants prepared a comprehensive Environmental Statement for redevelopment of the former Ffos Las opencast mine site. This was one of Europe’s deepest opencast excavations from which millions of tonnes of coal were extracted.
The proposed development was for a new race course, residential properties and a new hotel.
In 2006, planning permission was obtained from Carmarthenshire County Borough Council for a proposed leisure and residential mix use.
The site reclamation works commenced in 2007 and in June 2009 the Ffos Las Racecourse was opened. This was the first race course in the UK constructed specifically for such a purpose since 1927.
Persimmon Homes acquired the first parcel of land and construction of some 250 new houses is well advanced with many units already sold and occupied.
The race course has proved a success with some 28 race meetings taking place every year. In British Horse Racing calendar, Ffos Las hosts now the well recognised annual Welsh Champion Hurdle race.
Recently a planning permission has been obtained for a further 250 new homes.