PLANS for a £20 million development in Bodelwyddan have been refused.
London-based developers Hadleigh Industrial Estates had submitted a planning application to 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 today (Wednesday) the council's planning committee voted against the plans after planning officers 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.
Seven councillors voted for the plans, there was one abstention while 14 members of the committee voted for refusal.
Before the meeting bosses at Hadleigh Industrial Estates expressed their disappointment saying the 400 jobs set to be created by the proposals could be at risk.
Managing director Richard Lanyon said: “We are disappointed with the outcome of the decision and will be reviewing our position with regards to the site, but we are not ruling out further discussions with the local authority.
"We’ve spent a large sum of our own money bringing what we know is the only viable plan for the site to the table, so clearly we have to take a view on whether it’s worth investing more.”
Bodelwyddan Town Council had 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.