Wrexham prison scheme given final approval
A £212m prison that will bring an estimated 1,000 jobs to North Wales has been given final approval by Wrexham Council.
The scheme, which has been forecast to bring £23m per year for the local economy, was approved at a planning meeting earlier this week (3 November).
It is estimated that about £30m of the contract value will be spent on supplies and services from local businesses, along with 100 apprenticeship places which will be recruited locally.
"North Wales has long needed its own prison and this final approval is very welcome," said Wales office minister Alun Cairns.
"This development, through its construction, running and maintenance, will bring a huge number of jobs to Wrexham and the surrounding region and give a great economic boost to north Wales' economy."
Prisons minister Andrew Selous added: "Preparatory work has already started on site ahead of schedule and main construction will begin shortly. We remain in no doubt that the prison will be a huge benefit to the region."