Posted: Thu 18th Apr 2019

Utilities construction firm enters plans for new office building on Deeside Industrial Park

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Apr 18th, 2019

A company which provides utilities construction services has entered plans for a new office building in Deeside. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

O’Connor Utilities wants to expand its base on Welsh Road in Garden City, from which it provides essential emergency services for Scottish Power Energy Networks and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The firm took ownership of the site in 2014 and has invested a total of £750,000 in it to date. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Consultants working on its behalf said the new development was ‘urgently needed’ to house some of the 235-strong workforce. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

In a planning statement, they said: “The application relates to a new office building which has been erected to the northeast of the existing smaller office building within the site. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It is clear that the office use at this location accords generally with the range of proposed uses for the area. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It is a use which is urgently needed by the applicant company to carry out local and regional civil engineering works in North Wales. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The proposed use will result in no harm to residential amenity interests nor will it prejudice any other local commercial interests. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The business provides a significant number of jobs for local people and is therefore a major social asset to the community.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The 30-metre-long modular building will include an office, meeting room, kitchen and toilets. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The company currently has 40 office-based employees working on the site on a permanent basis. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Comments are currently being invited on the proposals via the Flintshire Council website. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The local authority is aiming to make a decision on the plans by the middle of May. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

By Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter (more here). ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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