MINISTERS are investing millions of pounds to support a massive development forecast to create thousands of new jobs.
Work on the first phase of the ambitious Northern Gateway in Deeside project will begin this year and it is hoped it will eventually provide 5,000 jobs.
Planning chiefs overwhelmingly backed plans to transform the former RAF Sealand camp last month and it is anticipated an application for phase two will be submitted in June.
The project is part of the new Deeside Enterprise Zone and will also include more than 1,000 new homes.
Yesterday the Welsh Government announced it was investing £3.5 million into the scheme to support essential infrastructure work.
Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant said he hoped the money would bring the “glory days” back to the area.
Mr Sargeant, also Minister for Local Government and Communities, said: “This is a welcome boost for Deeside that will tie in with the enterprise zone’s work to attract inward investment to the area.
“Good infrastructure is vital to attracting and developing companies.”
The funding has been allocated under the £15 billion Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan, designed to stimulate growth and create jobs.
Exact details of how the money will be spent have not yet been revealed but it is likely to include investment in roads and flood defences.
Flintshire Council’s executive member for regeneration, Cllr Peter Macfarlane, said: “We very much welcome the funding made available by the Welsh Government for infrastructure works.
“We are pretty excited about this because things are moving along quickly and we hope new jobs will arrive in the area very soon.”
Deeside was announced as one of five enterprise zones by the Welsh Government in September in a bid to attract new investment.