North East Wales

Controversial Llangollen Sainsbury's store scheme backed

A controversial multi-million pound scheme has been approved to relocate Llangollen's largest employer to make way for a supermarket.

The project will see the Dobson and Crowther printing works moving further out of town and the new Sainsbury's store being built on its current site.

The move was approved by Denbighshire council, and officials said it would safeguard 100 printing jobs.

Sainsbury's plan to create nearly 200 jobs at the supermarket.

Dobson and Crowther said its existing factory was no longer fit for purpose and was inefficient and costly to run.

Redevelopment of the site will help finance a move to a new 45,000 sq ft (4,180 sq m) works nearby.

But the scheme has divided Llangollen with two groups campaigning for and against the plans.

The town's civic society has also opposed the redevelopment and local traders have expressed concern about the impact of a new 20,000 sq ft (1,858 sq m) supermarket on the edge of the town.

A statement from the Keep Llangollen Special Community Group said it deplored the council decision and feared it would have a knock-on effect on tourism in the town centre.

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