Dobson & Crowther, Llangollen – Industrial Development
J-Ross Developments Ltd has successfully secured planning permission for the delivery of a new Sainsbury’s food store and associated industrial development in the picturesque town of Llangollen, Denbighshire.
In 2012 J-Ross Developments submitted two detailed planning applications to Denbighshire Council which provided for local print work employer Dobson and Crowther Ltd to be relocated to a new purpose built facility at Climedw a designated employment site on the outskirts of Llangollen and the subsequent construction of a new food store and car park for Sainsbury’s on the existing print works site.
Due to the sites’ location within a World Heritage Buffer Zone, as well as being in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and alongside a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Denbighshire Council required an Environmental Impact Assessment to support each planning application.
Following careful consultation with the relevant stakeholder groups and a well-attended public meeting with 65% of attendees welcoming the developments, the proposals were approved by Denbighshire County Council in December 2012.
J-Ross Developments worked closely with Dobson and Crowther on the design of their new 4,180sq.m. (45,000 sq.ft.) purpose built factory. The development represents a significant investment for Dobson and Crowther, who with approximately 100 employees is Llangollen’s largest employer, allowing their current operations to be modernised, achieving improved efficiencies which will ensure that they remain competitive in their market and helping to support the future of their business.
Once complete the new 3,205sq.m. (34,500sq.ft.) Sainsbury’s store will occupy Dobson and Crowther’s old site and will create around 130 new jobs, providing a major economic boost for the area, allowing local people to carry out their main food shop locally rather than travel out of town. Access will be improved from the A5 to accommodate the traffic movements, and a link with the footpath along the riverside will be developed to provide a safe and convenient pedestrian route to the town centre.