Airport bosses write to David Cameron pledging support for Northern Powerhouse

Durham Tees Valley Airport.
Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Airport bosses have written to Prime Minister David Cameron to pledge their support for the Northern Powerhouse.

The Peel Group, which owns Durham Tees Valley Airport, wants organisations to work together and rebalance the UK economy through significant growth in the North.

We very much look forward to working alongside our many partners, local authorities and the Government to help deliver the Northern Powerhouse

Peel Group chairman John Whittaker

Peel Group chairman, John Whittaker, has written to Mr Cameron and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, outlining the group’s strategy which is set out in a document called Peel in the Northern Powerhouse.

He said the Government was “making great strides” on a new approach, but more needs to be done to “give the private sector the confidence and ability to deliver in the North, across a range of issues such as transport and logistics, communities, energy and resources”.

The strategy also comes at a time when Peel Group has revealed a master plan for the future of Durham Tees Valley Airport. It would bring up to 3,000 new jobs to the Tees Valley, in plans for investment on land south of the airport’s runway.

They include a new link road between the north and south sides of the airport, and the first phase of a business park which could create the jobs and contribute more than £11million a year to the local economy.

As well as Durham Tees Valley Airport, the group’s investment portfolio also includes Manchester’s MediaCityUK; Port Salford; the Port of Liverpool; major regeneration schemes in Liverpool and Wirral, as well as Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport, and Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.