Posted: Sat 21st Nov 2020

Updated: Sat 21st Nov

New distribution centre in Kinmel Bay could deliver up to 24 jobs after plans approved

North Wales news and information

A new distribution and warehouse operation will bring good news on the jobs front for Kinmel Bay after planning was granted for two industrial units.

Plumbworkz, which provides kitchens, bathrooms, tiles and plumbing accessories to the building trade and general public is to set up an operation on Tir Llwyd Enterprise Park, with the potential to employ 24 people.

Conwy county council’s planning committee ratified the £1.4m investment at the local authority owned site, which will include building two industrial units in two phases, at Friday’s virtual meeting.

Phase one will see a 2,400 square metre unit providing warehousing and office facilities, with an identically sized unit built in Phase two commencing within three to five years of the first.

The company has retail outlets in Rhuddlan and Llandudno with a storage and distribution operation in Wrexham.

However, according to its planning statement, increases in online sales mean it’s now outgrown those premises with Kinmel Bay earmarked as a new base.

Despite concerns about flooding from Natural Resources Wales, officers recommended granting conditional planning approval for the scheme.

There will be parking for 29 vehicles at the new site plus loading bays for heavy goods vehicles and space within the site for any delivery lorries waiting for  a loading bay slot, according to the planning statement.

It added: “The scheme involves considerable investment by Plumbworkz to deliver a new distribution and storage facility, located on the egde of Kinmel Bay, adjacent to the town of Rhyl.

“The proposed development would allow Plumbworkz to manage its existing retail businesses more efficiently, while relocating and expanding its existing online distribution business.

“Overall the scheme would result in a positive economic impact at local level.”

By Jez Hemming – Local Democracy Reporter

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