WREXHAM will be the site for Wales' new super-prison, it has been confirmed.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling MP announced that the 2,000 inmate super-prison will indeed be built in on the former Firestone site on Wrexham Industrial Estate
Work on the £250 million jail - which will be the biggest prison anywhere in England and Wales - will begin next summer, pending planning approval.
It will create 1,000 jobs, the Ministry of Justice said.
Two sites in Wrexham had been shortlisted for the new jail - both on the industrial estate - but the owners of one of them said last week it was out of the running.
It will be the first ever prison in north Wales and will be fully operational by late 2017.
Mr Grayling said: "I'm also really pleased that we have reached agreement on the new prison in Wrexham. It will provide a real boost to the local economy in North Wales over the next few years.
Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright MP said: “This is a massive boost to the Welsh economy and a significant addition to the prison estate. It will also allow offenders from the region to be held closer to their homes, which we know helps prevent reoffending."
Secretary of State for Wales David Jones MP said: "The case for a prison in north Wales has always been strong, which is why I am delighted that Wrexham has been selected as the preferred site for the newest addition to the prisons estate.
“The construction of this much needed facility will bring with it considerable economic benefits for local businesses, and create up to 1,000 employment opportunities across the region.
"It will facilitate the rehabilitation of offenders by making them more accessible to their families, legal advisers and the probation service, enabling a smoother transition back into the community.
"It will also benefit prisoner welfare by allowing Welsh speakers more opportunity to speak the language in an environment where its cultural significance is understood.