The former Firestone Site in Wrexham has been announced as the site for the new Wrexham Prison.
Situated some five miles from the Cheshire border on Wrexham Industrial Estate in North East Wales, the Former Firestone Site occupies a strategic location for the siting of a new prison having the potential to serve the North West as well as North Wales and the West Midlands.
Wrexham Industrial Estate is, geographically, one of the largest industrial estates in Europe with circa 320 businesses employing around 8000 staff. Opportunities for work and training with local business, for prisoners both in custody and on release, are therefore substantial and are currently being investigated by Wrexham County Borough Council and its partners.
The Former Firestone Site stats:
- Represents 9% of the industrial estate area
- A 110 acre (44.6 hectares) brownfield site of which 60% is available for development
- 66 acres/26.8 hectares of the site are developable
- 40% of site to be reserved for ecological mitigation
- There is no concern about contamination on the site as the site is deemed to be low risk
- A prison use is acceptable in planning policy terms
- There are no extant planning permissions on the site