A multi-million pound leisure development is set to move ahead after the developer won a planning appeal.
Development Securities submitted the application to build an 80-room hotel on land next to Broughton Shopping Park, alongside a pub/restaurant and four other food units.
They also put forward proposals for a medical centre and council contact centre on adjourning land owned by Flintshire council.
But the scheme was recommended for refusal by planning officers and then rejected by the local authority planning committee last September.
Now though the decision has been over-turned at appeal after a public inquiry.
The company behind the scheme Development Securities said it had a number of big name operators lined up for the site and this decision would now see them close contracts.
Mark Krassowski, director of Walsingham Planning, planning agent for Development Securities, said: “We are very pleased with the decision although it was not unexpected.
“The council had originally opposed this and they had legal advice which led them to change their stance.
“We can now move forward although there is still a lot of work to do.
“The planning approval now means we can start to sign up operators for the various parts of the scheme.
“We already have people lined up, big national names, for the pub/restaurant, the two other drive thru restaurants, with one of those expected to be a coffee chain, and also the hotel.
“We can now go back to them and start to finalise contracts and at that stage start to release names.
“We believe that we could be on site in 2015 if all goes well.
“This will add significantly again to the leisure and food offer at Broughton with an additional choice of restaurants and a pub.
“We are confident a hotel would do well on this site.
“We have Airbus and the shopping park next to the hotel.”
Despite originally turning down the application Flintshire council did not oppose this at the planning inquiry.
This came after legal advice to the local authority.
In his appeal decision, planning inspector Clive Nield concluded: “The proposed development would bring a range of social and community benefits in a sustainable location.
“It would be in line with the strategy for further development of the Broughton Shopping Park and in accord with the aims of the development plan and national policies.
“For the reasons given above I conclude that the appeal should be allowed and planning permission be granted subject to several necessary conditions.”
The Broughton retail park - that now includes 300,000 sq ft of shop floor space - was first created in 1998 and now boasts major names like Tesco, Next, River Island and Boots. It is now set to expand further.
Construction work is almost complete on a new £13m cinema and restaurant complex.
Cineworld will open up its 11 screen facility in 2015 alongside five restaurants including Pizza Express and Frankie & Benny’s.
Those new facilities are expected to create an additional 230 new jobs at the site.