PLANS for a £20 million development in Bodelwyddan are set to be turned down.
London-based developers Hadleigh Industrial Estates has submitted a planning application with Denbighshire Council to refurbish the former Hotpoint factory and build 70,000 sq ft of new industrial units, 134 family homes and an ambulance depot for the Welsh Ambulance Service.
But planning officers have recommended the application for refusal citing the loss of 3.6 hectares of the site for residential homes, which they say is in conflict with allocation of the land for employment.
But members of the council's planning committee will vote on the plans at a meeting on Wednesday.
Bosses at Hadleigh Industrial Estates have expressed their disappointment at the news saying the 400 jobs set to be created by the proposals could be at risk.
Managing director Richard Lanyon said: “This is hard to fathom.
"We have clear advice that our proposals fit with planning law and we’re proposing regenerating a blighted, derelict site and bringing hundreds of skilled jobs to the area, whilst providing for the town’s housing needs.
“Our engagement with a wide range of stakeholders tells us that there’s broad support for our proposals and I’m hopeful that the members of the planning committee will reflect this when they receive our proposals next week.
“The planning committee is, rightly, the ultimate arbiter of our plans and I expect they’ll take a broader view of the regeneration, job creation and affordable housing elements of our proposals."
Bodelwyddan Town Council has raised objections to the application saying houses could cause congestion on Artillery Row and also at its junction with Coronation Close.
Concerns were also raised about additional places at schools.
The report to the committee said: "It is considered that the loss of 3.6 hectares of employment land would prejudice the ability of the area to meet a range of local employment needs.
"Officers conclusion is the proposal is in clear conflict policy in that 3.6 hecatres of land allocated for employment purposes will be lost to residential use."
The meeting takes place at County Hall, Ruthin at 9.30am on September 11.