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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Revised plan submitted for Cilmedw site

llanblogger exclusive

Denbighshire County Council says it is re-consulting interested parties after the applicant submitted revised details for the controversial plan to relocate the Dobson & Crowther factory to Cilmedw Farm in Llan.

Llanblogger noticed that, last Friday, the applicant had submitted an amendment to the original plan lodged with the council early this year.

We asked the council for an explanation and a spokesman said: “We have received revised details of the access arrangements relating to the factory relocation application at Cilmedw.

“The applicants are now proposing a signal controlled (traffic light)  junction onto the A5 rather than a junction with a right turn lane.

“We're carrying out a limited reconsultation exercise this week and it is likely the application and the one for the foodstore will be reported to Planning Committee on September 19th.”

The scheme to build a Sainsbury’s supermarket on what is currently the Dobson & Crowther factory off the A5 at Berwyn Street and relocate the factory to Cilmedw has caused a major controversy in the town, with two rival groups set up to either support or oppose it.

In late June, the county council said progress on the planning applications for a new foodstore and a replacement factory for the Dobson and Crowther business in Llangollen has been delayed pending resolution of highway issues in relation to the factory proposals at Cilmedw.

It was anticipated that the applications would be considered at Denbighshire's Planning Committee meeting on July 18th, but Welsh Government Transport - the highway authority for the A5 trunk road - requested the Cilmedw application be held in abeyance until the outstanding matters were resolved.

The multi-million pound investment would see a 20,000 square foot supermarket and car park built on Dobson & Crowther’s existing site by the town’s riverside.

The company also hopes to build a new 45,000 sq ft envelope manufacturing facility by the A5 at Cilmedw.

Sainsbury’s say the development would create 130 new jobs, some full-time and some part-time.

While opponents of the plan claim it would take trade away from local shops, supporters say it would provide a vital jobs boost for the town.

Details of the revised plan can be seen at The planning reference number is 03/2012/0029

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