DEVELOPERS behind the revamp of the former Hotpoint manufacturing plant in Bodelwyddan are still confident of a deal being reached despite a setback.
Concerns arose last week after it emerged that a potential deal with Reflex & Allen, manufacturers of pneumatic and hydraulic tubing based on Kinmel Park, had fallen through.
Developers Hadleigh Industrial Estates have insisted that “nobody has fallen out” and were confident about seeking an alternative occupier for the site.
Richard Lanyon, of Hadleigh Industrial Estates, attended a meeting with MP Chris Ruane last Wednesday to discuss the issue.
He said: “It was a very positive. The lines of communications are open.
“We are very focused. We are trying out best to resolve the issue but cannot currently comment on what has happened with Reflex & Allen.
“I have invested two-and-a-half years of my life in this so I do want it resolved. We have a lot of support and the planning application is going ahead and it is all looking positive. We are pulling together.”
The former Hotpoint plant closed in 2009 and at its height employed more than a thousand people.
More than £20m is planned to be invested into the site if planning permission is granted and it is anticipated that the site could sustain up to 400 new jobs.
Prestatyn councillor James Davies, met Mr Lanyon prior to his meeting on Wednesday.
Cll Davies said: “Denbighshire has a higher proportion of public sector employees than any other county in the UK and it also has pockets of high unemployment.
“We need to diversify and I am seeking a pragmatic solution to bring additional private sector jobs to the area.
“I believe, after meeting the developer, that this may still be possible.
“It is to be hoped that a deal can yet be reached with Reflex and Allen despite recent setbacks, or else with another company.
"This will allow the Denbighshire Planning Committee to be presented with some certainty as to the positive aspects of the scheme, despite its potentially controversial elements.”