PLANS to expand the Pathfields Business Park in South Molton are making strong progress, according to a key project expert.
Land agent Jeremy Holtom made the comments at a meeting of South Molton Town Council, where he briefed councillors on the current standing of the scheme.
However, he warned that although good progress was being made, those involved in the project must not be complacent.
He said: "I hope that we have all things under control.
"It's like juggling, you have to keep a lot in motion at the same time. There's progress on all fronts and what we have to do is make sure that this continues."
Highlighting a number of issues, he said quick action must be taken to prevent delays in the project – the most pressing of which was crucial survey work on the site.
He said: "In order to get grant funding we have to get an outline planning application under way which needs all the surveys completed – the most urgent of which is the ecological survey.
"Animals will start going into hibernation soon so we need to start now before we are forced to wait until the spring."
He said that councillors reaching an agreement over road plans and the completion of land negotiations were key issues that had to be prioritised.
He confirmed that as part of the negotiations, which are still in their early stages, there were up to five groups interested in space on the development site.
Councillor David Warden said that members of South Molton Town Council were eager to see the project continue to progress.
He said: "Things are moving forward but from a town council perspective we want to move forward a little bit more quickly.
"There are still a number of things that are a little bit up in the air and there are several issues.
"But there's a lot of interest in the town council, and everyone is very keen for progress to be made."