Posted: Mon 19th Mar 2018

Ever fancied owning 38 acres of land in Connah’s Quay? …..Now you can

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Mar 19th, 2018

Want to own a large chunk of land on the banks of the River Dee in sunny Deeside?

Well, now could be your chance – a 38 acre plot of land has gone up for sale in Connah’s Quay. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The land which is in the shadow of the iconic Flintshire Bridge is owned by German energy company UNIPER – a company formed from the split of E ON’s fossil fuel assets. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The freehold plot which is large enough to park 5400 cars was part of the Connah’s Quay Power Station, it is made up of both surfaced and non developed areas and stretches to the River Dee. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The land just off Kesterton Road is being marketed by Legat Owen, the brochure says it is suitable for a number of B1, B2 & B8 employment uses subject to planning. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • B1 Business – Offices (other than those that fall within A2), research and development of products and processes, light industry appropriate in a residential area.
  • B2 General industrial – Use for industrial process other than one falling within class B1 (excluding incineration purposes, chemical treatment or landfill or hazardous waste).
  • B8 Storage or distribution – This class includes open air storage.

Sadly the site doesn’t look large enough to resurrect the massively ambitious ‘concept’ plan thought up by Tarmac in the late 80’s. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Shotton Marina Plan – Tarmac

Tarmac submitted the proposals after Clwyd County Council and Alyn and Deeside District Council invited the private sector to do a spot of ‘blue sky thinking’ and come up with ideas for land once used by the former steel works. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Their proposals included a major 750,000sq ft ‘out of town’ shopping centre around half the size of the Trafford Centre, it would have been built just across the River Dee from where the current land has gone up for sale. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The shopping centre would have contained a department store plus a range of ‘city centre type shops’ and food outlets on the site of Shotton Steel Works according to documents which are now stored in Connah’s Quay library. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The plans also included a 360 berth marina, waterfront housing and quayside apartments, a National Field Study Centre. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The retail park would have been linked by glass walkways to a huge leisure facility, it included an aqua park with water flumes – a theme experience and heritage centre based on York’s Jorvik Centre. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

An aquarium containing dolphins was also in the plan as well as bars, clubs restaurants and bistros, and to complete the ‘vision’ a hotel and conference centre. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

As we all know nothing materialised in terms of a development – the plans were last seen floating down the River Dee. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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