PLANS have been unveiled for a new multi-million pound business park with the potential to bring hundreds of jobs to Deeside.
Bosses at soil suppliers Dandy’s (Chester) Limited hope to build 18 new commercial units to form a new Waterfront Business Park on Deeside Industrial Park.
The proposed development could cost up to £3 million to build.
Adam Dandy, managing director of Dandy’s said: “I think it would be fair to say it would create 10 jobs per unit - so that’s at least 180 jobs. It’s certainly got the potential to create hundreds of jobs.
“I’m a big supporter of Deeside Industrial Park and any new businesses has got to be a good thing for the wider economy and the people in Deeside.”
Mr Dandy said demand for industrial space on the park – which forms part of the Welsh Government’s Deeside Enterprise Zone – is outsripping availability.
Government initiatives like offering rate relief to businesses in the zone have led to high takeup of space, he said.
“There aren’ t enough units available on Deeside Industrial Park, the demand outstrips the supply,” he said.
“All the hard work done by the Welsh Government is there, but there’s nowhere available for businesses.
“There aren't enough units to accommodate the businesses wanting to come on to the enterprise park. There are a lot of people wanting to get on.”
Steve Wade, of surveyors Legat Owen who have a number of business clients on the park, said the stock of available property on the park is reducing because businesses there are expanding.
“There isn’t the same choice of units as there was 12 months ago . If take up continues, there’ll be a lack of space in six to 12 months.”
Mr Wade said the Welsh Government should support speculative development on the site, like that proposed by Dandy’s.
“The Welsh Government have a vital role and are key. The enterprise zone is good new for Flintshire and will continue to be a success with help from the Welsh Government.”
Dandy’s employ 26 people at their topsoil and truck stop businesses on Deeside Industrial Park.
The proposed 18 units, which would range from 3,000 to 10,000sq ft in size, would be made available to businesses for lease or ownership on the six-acre site.
Dandy’s says it will seek planning permission from Flintshire Council in the next four weeks and expects a decision within eight weeks of submitting their application.
Chairman of the Deeside Industrial Park Forum Askar Sheibani said the jobs boost could help make Deeside Industrial Park the “the most important economic hub in North East Wales”.
He said: “This is good news. This development can create jobs which are needed.
“I don’t know about how many jobs this would bring but any development boosts the economy.
“There’s a shortage of high quality industry buildings on Deeside Industrial Park. Some are ageing and some are not suitable.
“This could be a massive improvement.”
Flintshire councillor Christine Jones, also of Sealand Community Council, said: “We welcome all new developments.
“Dandy’s is a well respected company and I’m always supportive of any initiative that could bring jobs in to the area.”