THE development of Rhyl’s Ocean Plaza could be held up due to uncertainty over its power supply.
Scarborough Development Group and Scottish Power are holding meetings to see how much capacity is available for the former funfair site which has stood empty for more than five years.
Last week plans were unveiled for the £55 million development to include a supermarket, hotel, pub, and residential units.
West Rhyl councillor Joan Butterfield said the issue of a new sub station for the site needed to be resolved urgently.
“Until we resolve the problem with the capacity, I do not believe anything will move forward,” she said.
Rhyl town mayor, councillor William Tasker, said once the issue was resolved work could start as early as next spring.
A Scottish Power spokesperson: “We will work with the developer to try and understand their needs as to date we have very limited information and no application has been put forward as yet.”
A spokesman for Scarborough said: “We are currently in the process of ascertaining with the network suppliers what is exactly required for the site.”
A spokesman for Denbighshire Council said: “Denbighshire has agreed to attend a meeting between Scarborough Development Group and Scottish Power in order to clarify the level of power within the existing system and to confirm the actual power supply requirements to develop out the whole scheme. This will help to provide clarity and certainty for all parties as we seek to take the scheme forward.”
Local residents and businesses took part in consultation on the the plans by filling in feedback forms, which showed 98.5 per cent of respondents are in favour of the scheme.
The mixed-use scheme includes an 83,010 sq ft Asda supermarket with a petrol filling station, a 62-bed hotel, a public house, retail units and a new link road between West Parde and Wellington Road.
The plans also include 64 apartments, 38 town houses and significant improvements to local utilities and flood defence works.