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ECONOMY: Plans to expand Hawarden Business Park set for approval

ECONOMY: Plans to expand Hawarden Business Park set for approval

Redsun Projects is behind proposals to extend Hawarden Business Park, Image: Planning document

Plans to expand an industrial site in Flintshire look set to be approved in a bid to support the area’s economy.

Redsun Projects is behind proposals to extend Hawarden Business Park by creating three new commercial units.

The Liverpool-based firm said the development of 5.2 hectares of land on Manor Lane, near to Airbus’s Broughton plant, would bring a number of job opportunities.

The application has now been recommended to receive the go ahead by a senior official from Flintshire Council ahead of a key planning meeting next week.

In a report, the local authority’s chief planning officer Andrew Farrow said the scheme would provide a boost to the area’s economy.

He said: “Business development (council department) is supportive of the application as there is clear demand for new commercial units within Flintshire including Hawarden.

“The proposal will support the economic resilience of the county including new employment sites and local workforce opportunities.

“The application proposes the erection of three commercial buildings.

“The units will be accessed off a new access point taken from Manor Lane, with an internal state road providing access to the parking and loading/delivery areas for each building.

“A foul pump house and electricity substation are also proposed as part of the application with their locations illustrated on the submitted site layout plan.”

The business park is based on the site of a former Second World War airbase and was previously bought by the Welsh Government after it became derelict.

Ministers have invested £3.5 million to provide the infrastructure required to accommodate advanced technology companies.

The company behind the plans had originally proposed to build six industrial units.

However, the application was revised after concerns were raised by neighbours.

Two objections have been received regarding the latest proposals, mainly in relation to the impact on traffic.

Mr Farrow added: “It is noted that objectors have raised concerns regarding highways, namely HGV movements, the submitted framework travel plan, cycle routes, increased traffic and speeding hazards.

“The proposed development will add traffic to the highway network however the increased level is not considered to be significant in comparison to generation rates of other development in the area.”

A decision will be made on the application by members of the council’s planning committee when they meet on Wednesday (September 29, 2021).

 

Words: Liam Randall, Local Demcoracy Reporter


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