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Work on Northern Gateway development, in Deeside could begin within six months

WORK on a multi-million pound development in Deeside could start within six months.

The demolition of buildings at the former RAF Sealand base is well under way to make space for the 400-acre Northern Gateway project.

And developers Praxis Holdings said work on the site’s infrastructure could begin before the end of the summer.

A planning application is expected by the end of this year and – subject to consent – work will begin early in 2012.

The development will comprise homes, offices and warehouses. It is expected to form one of the UK’s largest employment sites and could take up to 15 years to complete.

Isle of Man-based Praxis Holdings bought 247 acres of prime development land in Sealand, which formerly housed a RAF base and is close to Deeside Industrial Park, last summer.

Developer Pochin Goodman owns the remainder of the site.

Sealand councillor Chris Jones said: “It will be a real boost for Flintshire and North Wales.”

Stuart Fox of Praxis Holdings said: “We will submit an outline planning application by the end of this year.

“It will be a landmark scheme focused on large-scale inward investment and a quality working environment.”