Wrexham Industrial Estate has been given the go-ahead to expand, providing new industrial properties to meet demand from local businesses.
An article for Wrexham.com revealed that the town’s planning committee had approved two of the plans put forward by the site’s largest landlord to increase the number of properties available.
First Investment Real Estate Management, which is the biggest landlord on the Wrexham Industrial Estate, explained that it continues to receive enquiries for properties at this location, even though all of its properties are currently full.
As a result, it submitted a number of planning applications to the local council at the end of last year. Two of these have now been approved.
Under one plan, 9,000 sq m of land will be developed opposite Wilkinson Business Park to deliver new light industrial units. The organisation originally discussed building offices here, but there wasn’t enough demand for these kinds of properties.
The second plan to receive approval was for 11 units to be constructed across 3,000 sq m of land at Clywedog Road North.
A spokesperson for the scheme told the news provider that the company was “delighted” to have the plans approved. “Our investment demonstrates our belief and confidence in Wrexham, and our desire to support our local business community,” they added.
“We have enjoyed full occupancy at Wrexham Industrial Estate for the past two years and are confident we can further contribute towards the continued growth of business in North Wales,” the spokesperson said.
Attracting new businesses to the town in North Wales, or providing premises that allow existing firms to expand, will be good news for Wrexham and those who live there. Earlier this month, The Leader reported that there has been a steep increase in the number of unemployed young people in the area.
The news provider cited figures from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), which found there was a 29 per cent increase in the number of people aged 18 to 24 who were out of work and claiming universal credit or jobseekers allowance in the past year.
But despite the rising number of young people who are claiming benefits and not working, the DWP stressed that the figure is still 41 per cent lower than it was five years ago and that the actual number of people in this age group who are unemployed is low, numbering fewer than 300.
Business support and UCB manager for DWP in Wrexham Steve Evans said that the rise in the figures could be attributed to the new ways in which statistics around job seeking are gathered.
“Under universal credit, more people are required to look for work and are therefore now counted in the labour market statistics, so this is the most likely cause,” he explained.
Either way, having more employers in the area, or allowing existing businesses to expand and therefore hire new workers, is likely to be a positive thing for those in this age group and others who are searching for work in Wrexham.
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