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Plans for pounds 20m Ferodo project; WALES.


A SPORTS centre could be built as part of a new pounds 20m housing scheme at a former factory site near Caernarfon.

The former Ferodo site at Griffiths Crossing, Caernarfon, overlooking the Menai Strait was bought by Cardiff-based Bluefield Land for an undisclosed sum six months ago.

Bluefield's draft plans for the 27-acre site in 2006 included houses, a hotel and even a zoo.

Housing, however, was a problem, because the site did not come under the Gwynedd Unitary Development Plan, the framework for the local authority until 2016.

Yesterday Bluefield spokesman Gwion ap Rhisiart said: "There's a viability study with King Sturge taking place at the moment for the use of the land for 'mixed usage'."

Mr ap Rhisiart added: "They are working closely with Gwynedd County Council and Welsh Assembly Government and because that they are in the early stages of planning for the site, no further decisions have been made for its use."

A public consultation will happen in September.

Mr ap Rhisiart added that there were "a number of options one of which is to build homes for young families and a sports centre."

The site had been mooted as a possible site for a new prison, which Mr ap Rhisiart dismissed.

Bluefield's bosses acknowledged that part of the site is contaminated with asbestos, used on the site from the 1960s to the 1980s to make brake and clutch linings, and later banned.

Waste asbestos was dumped in a hole dug in the field near the site where it remains.

Former Ferodo workers have expressed horror at the prospect of homes being built near the dump.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 19, 2008
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