A HUGE business and residential development in Flintshire will bring hundreds of million pounds a year into the local economy.
Plans for a massive 70 hectare site including 600 homes, a logistics and technology park, retail centre, hotel, training centre and parkland was approved on Friday.
The development would be on the former Corus site on Welsh Road, Garden City, Sealand.
David Rowlinson, agent for developers Pochin Rosemount Deeside Ltd, said the local economy would benefit by at least £200million per year.
He said £11million per annum would be pumped into the economy in expenditure from residents living at the site.
Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the development at a special meeting of Flintshire Council’s planning committee on Friday.
Mr Rowlinson said: “What we are proposing is significant and the benefits are significant. The site will produce 2,000 to 3,000 permanent jobs and 2,900 construction jobs.
“It will bring jobs, homes and business opportunities to the local economy.”
The proposal forms part of the 170 hectare Northern Gateway site, to include the site at the former RAF Sealand camp.
The site will boast 1,100 new homes linked to Garden City, three million sq ft of industrial and manufacturing space and 50,000 sq ft of retail space.
At Friday’s meeting, Sealand councillor Christine Jones, whose ward includes Garden City, said: “I’m so glad this has finally come to fruition.
“We have been waiting for a long time so I’m very pleased to have it in my ward.”
But she added: “My main concern has always been Garden City will be lost. It will be a separate community I hope. We need to make sure we don’t lose our identity in Garden City and Sealand.
“That is really important to me and my residents.”
The plans incorporate the listed John Summers building currently on the site, with developers planning to breathe new life into it.
Councillors at the meeting expressed excitement for the plans, with Cllr Mike Reece describing it as a “very unique opportunity.”
Connah’s Quay councillor Ian Dunbar said: “The main criteria is the work it will facilitate for the area which is in dire need. Everybody in the area is welcoming this.”
Ewloe councillor Alison Halford said: “This is going to change the face of the economy of Flintshire.”
A number of the councillors said they would wait to question specific details about the plan until more informative applications were lodged in future.