Major redevelopment of Shotton Paper Mill creating nearly 700 jobs and recommended for approval

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Posted: Thu 20.10.2022

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Plans to ‘repurchase’ the Shotton Paper Mill, which will create nearly 700 new jobs, have been recommended for approval.

The £600m redevelopment of the Deeside Industrial Estate site will create one of the most technologically advanced paper mills in the world.

The Finnish company UPM sold the site of the Shotton paper mill to the Turkish industrial group Eren Holdings in May 2021.

Eren plans to use the equipment from the current facilities and incorporate the latest technology to create one of the largest paper mills in the UK.

The former newsprint site will focus on the production of containerboard and tissue with a total capacity of almost one million tons per year.

The new development with the main site of the paper mill will consist of:

-The paper machine building will have four floors and will house the paper machine and other equipment and machinery, as well as officers and control rooms

-Corrugating Machine Building will house the Corrugating Machine and is the largest proposed building on the site

-New warehouse and shipping area

-Starch process and storage building

-waste water treatment plant

-Old corrugated cardboard recycling building

The site will also be extended to include land between the operating paper mill and the A548.

Several new buildings for the production of jumbo tissue rolls will be erected there.

Obtaining planning permission is subject to a number of conditions, including submission of a reptile mitigation program.

Common lizards have been registered on site and “reptile prevention and mitigation measures are proposed”.

Eren is also required to make a financial contribution to a new walk/cycle path along the front of Weighbridge Road that connects to National Cycle Network 568.

It must also fund the installation of an extension of the double yellow lines on part of the Weighbridge Road frontage.

In his report, which is due to be submitted to a planning committee next week, Flintshire Council Chief Planning Officer Andrew Farrow says:

“This application seeks planning permission for the redevelopment and expansion of the Shotton Paper Mill to provide a new, modernized paper mill.”

“The development consists of 82 hectares of new paper mill buildings and processing facilities, along with associated landscaping, offices, access and parking.”

“The scope and nature of the proposal is such that the development falls under Annex 2 of the EIA regulations.”

“The application site is in the Deeside Industrial Park and benefits from an existing use as a paper mill as well as an allocation for further industrial development. Construction and operational phases of the development may result in environmental impacts.”

“The application is supported by extensive studies and evidence demonstrating that subject to appropriate mitigation, there will be no appreciable impact from the development.”

“While the scope of the development, particularly the building heights, should not be underestimated, the location is within existing industrial units and in the context of the Deeside Industrial Park. Careful consideration of design decisions and layout minimizes any impact on the wider landscape or historical assets.”

“For the above reasons, the proposal is considered sufficient in terms of planning policy and I therefore recommend that the building permit be granted with conditions and financial contributions.

The motion will be considered by Council members at a meeting on Wednesday 26 October 2022.

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