First Minister Carwyn Jones said the announcement was a “big boost” for Wrexham.
“The current arrangements whereby prisoners from north Wales have to serve their sentences in England are far from ideal.
The Welsh government has long supported seeing a prison built in north Wales and I am very pleased that the benefits of having a prison in Wrexham have been recognised by the UK government.
We will work closely with the Ministry of Justice, local authorities in north Wales and other partners to ensure its success.”
Welsh Secretary David Jones:
“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.”
Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling:
“I can today announce that, following the assessment of several site options and subject to local planning approval, the new prison will be built on the former Firestone site in Wrexham.
Work will begin on-site next summer with the prison fully operational by late 2017.
The new prison will provide up to 1,000 much-needed jobs, great opportunities for local businesses and millions of pounds worth of construction opportunities.
It also provides north Wales with its first ever prison, offering an opportunity for offenders from the region to be closer to their homes”.