WORK on a multi-million-pound development at the former RAF Sealand site, which could attract thousands of jobs, is unlikely to start until next year.
A 247-acre plot, which forms part of the Deeside Enterprise Zone, has been split in to two sections for future development.
Flintshire Council says as many as 5,000 jobs could be created there – making it the county’s “main employment site” for the next 15 years.
One of the two developments – under the wing of Praxis Real Estate Management – has already been granted outline planning permission.
The firm plans to build 700 homes on half of the site.
The council said construction giant Pochins had submitted an application for the other half of the land to build a mixed commercial and residential development.
But a council spokesman said “technical issues that have to be worked through” would mean the application is unlikely to be considered before the end of the year”.
Brian Reay, property director for Pochins, said his firm would be doing “everything” to speed up the process.
“We feel that we’ve got everything in front of the authority for them to set a date and we’d hoped it would be in the autumn,” Mr Reay said.
“We’ve got most of our development information to them and we’ll do everything to bring the date forward. It’s in everyone’s best interests.
“We’re working through technical issues including highways and drainage, which fall in to different categories, and there are defence works needed, which protect the area.
“We understand these things take time. We’re trying to deliver our homes as soon as possible.” A report delivered to a meeting of the planning development and control committee in April 2012 said that the site had the potential to accommodate about 5,000 of the Deeside Enterprise Zone’s target of 7,000 jobs.
Flintshire Council’s regeneration department previously predicted that the area would constitute the county’s main employment site for the next 15 years.
Outline planning application for the site includes development of 280,000 square metres of storage and distribution floorspace, 10,000 square metres devoted to manufacturing and 9,000 square metres allocated for offices.
A further 4,645 square metres of retail space has been earmarked with plots for up to 725 homes also designated.
Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust deemed the site as nationally important given that in 1916, it became home to a flying school which was requistioned by the War Office during World War One, subsequently becoming RAF Sealand in 1924.