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Plans unveiled for retail park in Mold, which would create jobs and boost Flintshire economy

Bromfield Industrial Estate retail units

AMBITIOUS plans for a new retail park could bring millions of pounds and more than 100 jobs to the county.

Spencer Holdings Ltd, owner of units off Stephen Gray Road on Bromfield Industrial Estate, Mold, has applied to Flintshire County Council for outline planning permission to build eight units, measuring 8,3431sq ft in floor space.

The developer hopes to attract top names such as Halfords, Comet, Currys, Focus, Staples and restaurant chain Frankie and Benny’s.

Jim Spencer, managing director of Spencer Holdings, said the development would bring £1.6m in earnings to the area each year and create about 103 jobs.

“Residents here spend £100m each year on large bulky goods,” said Mr Spencer. “But they’re going to Chester or Wrexham to do it. Our proposed development will help retain shoppers and expenditure in Flintshire.”

The existing buildings on the site, which would be demolished, have been empty for six years.
The development would include 311 parking spaces, including 32 disabled bays.

Planning consultant Tim Price believes the more national companies who come to Mold the more will want to come.

“Development breeds development,” he said. “£100m is going out of the county to Chester and Wrexham and that’s not right.

“These units will have a knock-on effect for the town centre and the rest of the economy. Why should people have to travel 30 miles to buy these products when they can buy them here?

“We don’t want to build supermarkets, or take anything away from the centre, we want to bring people to Mold and keep people shopping here.”

The application will go before the county council’s planning committee in the next few months.
If full approval is granted building work would be completed within 12 months.

Broncoed councillor Haydn Bateman says he welcomes the plans as they would provide a much-needed boost to the local economy.

“It’s a very exciting opportunity for Mold,” he said. “It would be of huge benefit to the area.”

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