CONWY: Brickworks site redevelopment back on agenda

  Posted: 09.06.21 at 10:11 by Local Democracy Reporter Jez Hemming

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A scheme to redevelop Llandudno Junction’s brickworks site is back on the agenda after councillors rubber-stamped a new management plan.

Conwy County Council’s cabinet yesterday agreed to form a management team to look at redeveloping the site and build a new waste transfer station.

Part of the plan is to also look at the future of Conwy Business Centre, which sits behind Junction Leisure Park.

It means there could eventually be new development on the Tremarl Industrial Estate, which sits on part of the Old Brickworks site, possibly including retail development, a new waste transfer station and a serious look at the future of the Conwy Business Centre.

The authority has already set about ending the protected leases of businesses on Tremarl Industrial Estate, with only one protected “1954” lease remaining.

A report to cabinet detailed the site has been the subject of numerous proposals.

Conygar Investment Group, a subsidiary of which originally leased the ill-fated Mochdre Commerce Park buildings to the authority, had a £40m supermarket and restaurant development scheme approved for the area in 2016.

That never bore fruit and neither has anything else, which is why the council is keen to kick-start some new development – plus it needs that new waste transfer station.

The new Brickworks Regeneration Programme will pull together three different projects into one coordinated scheme. They are:

• Occupation strategy project (formerly the Brickworks project) will continue to seek opportunities to bring all 1954 protected tenancies on Tremarl Industrial Estate to an end and grant short-term tenancies whilst seeking redevelopment opportunities when appropriate (being in a 1954 tenancy means the business leasing the site has security of tenure. This can be waived as long as the business is made fully aware of this at the point of signing the next lease)

• Business centre project: Post Covid, to determine future use of the Business Centre as well as to explore development opportunities and continued viability of the Business Centre and the provision of additional parking at the Business Centre and/or the Brickworks site

• Waste transfer station project (WTS): To undertake appropriate due diligence for the location of the WTS at the Brickworks and report to Project Team/Board.

Conwy County Council’s finance and resources scrutiny committee discussed the waste transfer station plans last November, and the minutes revealed councillors deferred approving the location for two to three months.

They also revealed councillors queried why other sites were not included in a confidential report about the proposals.

Jane Richardson, Conwy County Council’s strategic director of economy and place, told members at the time “a significant amount of research had been carried out, and the only suitable site within the county was the Brickworks site”.

The report sent to cabinet said there would be “no capital budget associated with the programme” with costs being met from existing revenue budgets.

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