Site of former Shell depot on Anglesey attracts strong interest

Jan 16, 2015 16:30
By Chris Pyke

The 200 acre site previously linked with a “Center Parcs” style holiday village, base to support the building of Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant and a prison

The former Shell Depot at Rhosgoch from the DTZ sale document

The 200 acre site of the former Shell depot on Anglesey has attracted a variety of prospective buyers.

Ideas previously being linked with the site have included a “Center Parcs” style holiday village, as a base to support the building of Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant and a prison.

The land had been valued at £3m, but experts believe it could be worth more given the upturn in the economy.

The sale of the former oil depot at Rhosgoch is predicted to give trustees, Isle of Anglesey Charitable Trust, a huge cash boost and open the site for a major regeneration project.

There will then be formal tender submissions invited later this year before a buyer is selected.

Anglesey Charitable Trust Secretary Richard Parry Jones told the Daily Post : “Last year, the Trust instructed property consultants DTZ to market the Rhosgoch site, with a view to finding a buyer.

“The deadline for expressions of interest closed in December and we’re pleased to have had a very encouraging response.

“These expressions of interested will now be subject to further consideration with prospective buyers before being considered formally by the Charitable Trust.”

The Chariatble Trust was established in 1990 by the former Anglesey Borough Council to administer money received from Shell (UK) when the company closed their oil terminal near Amlwch.

The site had served as a storage station for crude oil from a receiving shore station at the Port of Amlwch before transfer via a cross country underground pipeline to the Companys oil refinery at Stanlow, Ellesmere Port.

In 2000 it was agreed to sell the former depot to Burlington Resources for £5.5 million in the first step towards having a gas-fired power station built on the island.

Those plans did not come to fruition.

Last year it was suggested a giant Irish Sea windfarm may build a huge new sub-station at Rhosgoch but this off-shore project has been abandoned.

Three years ago a consortium of town and community councils in north Anglesey called for the site to be transformed into a “Center Parcs” style park that could attract thousands of tourists each year.

Developers of Wylfa Newydd were asked to kickstart the project by first building accommodation at the site to house many of the workers required to construct the new power station.

The site was also put forward as a possible site for a North Wales prison.