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Wales Developing in Denbighshire


The Dell apartments in Prestatyn


Commercial property opportunities are continuing to grow in Denbighshire with new developments adjacent to the St Asaph Business Park on the A55 expressway and at the county’s largest industrial estate in Denbigh, and also facing the waterfront in the coastal resort town of Rhyl. Their success is dependent upon a sufficiently large workforce and customer base living nearby and Denbighshire County Council is working to ensure this requirement is addressed. The Council’s cabinet member for Housing & Communities, Councillor Tony Thomas explains, “When the current council came into


office, it identified the availability of housing to meet the needs of the county’s residents as one of the priorities for its corporate plan, and it set a target of providing 1,000 additional homes over its term of office. Denbighshire is one of the North Wales councils which have retained their housing stock, and when Welsh housing legislation gave councils the opportunity to use headroom in their Housing Revenue Accounts to fund additional borrowing, we decided to embark on a programme of developing new homes ourselves to contribute towards this target.”


The area served by Denbighshire includes the coastal resorts of Rhyl and Prestatyn, the cathedral city of St Asaph, the market towns of the Vale of Clwyd, the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the Dee Valley towns of Corwen and Llangollen in the south of the county. Reflecting on housing need in Denbighshire, the Council’s Lead Officer for Community Housing Geoff Davies says, “The Council and the other social landlords with property in the county have come together to introduce a single housing register and this has given us a steer as to location and type of additional homes we should providing. With over 50% of the county’s population on the coastal strip, it came as no surprise that the greatest need for affordable homes in the county is concentrated in the resorts of Rhyl and Prestatyn and we have prioritised our programme to reflect this.”


With the most recent council homes in the county having been completed in the early 1990’s and no recent history of land banking, the first tasks which faced the Council in getting its housing development programme under way were to secure suitable sites for development and start designing the new homes which would go on them. This involved the appropriation of some sites from the Council’s general fund to the Housing Revenue Account, the acquisition of a number of others from Welsh Government and private owners, and the Council’s in house design and construction team working up designs for the new developments.


New apartments in a former House in Multiple Occupation in Brighton Road in Rhyl


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Sandwiched between the Irish Sea and the Clwydian Range and with no legacy of brownfield sites from previous industrial uses, land for development in Prestatyn is at a premium. Outlining the response to this challenge, the Council’s Lead Officer Corporate Property & Housing Stock Dave Lorey says, “We reviewed all the Council’s property in the resort and identified a former school site and an area of former railway land at the side of a cycle track as having some potential for residential development. Both sites have now been through the Planning process and enabling works have already taken place with


COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MONTHLY 2020


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