A BUSINESS boss has hailed the multi-million pound Hartlepool Vision as a whole-hearted chance for the town to move forward together.
Adam Hearld, the development director for property development firm Jomast Developments, described the ambitious plan to transform eight areas of the town as “a joined-up approach”.
He said a strategic approach to the town’s regeneration was the right way to achieve the objectives.
Eight key areas will be part of the campaign to breathe new life and jobs into the town.
They are the town centre, Jacksons Landing/Trincomalee Wharf and the marina, Church Street, Seaton Carew, the Headland, Wynyard, the Port and Queens Meadow.
Jomast is a principal landowner in the town with more than 30 acres of land.
Mr Hearld praised the “whole-hearted support and joined up approach to developing a strategic plan to move forward.”
He added: “The principal stakeholders, Hartlepool Council and others need to identify the key strategic objectives and that is the first base.”
He said the Vision “needed a marketing plan.”
He said the UK was coming out of a difficult economic climate but he added: “There are economic opportunities which will arise and we want to have the right plan in place to take advantage of those opportunities.”
Two meetings were held at the Maritime Experience earlier this week, one for business people and a second for the public.
Between them, the meetings attracted more than 250 people who heard how the next stage - after nine to 12 months of consultation - would be the creation of a master plan.
That would then be used as the basis for development which would help to shape Hartlepool.
Sandy Anderson, the chairman of the local enterprise partnership Tees Valley Unlimited, also spoke at the meeting.
He said: “The Hartlepool Vision is entirely consistent with the strategy for the Tees Valley. It will contribute to our longer term ambitions for the future. I wish Hartlepool the very best in delivering this strategy because I think it is fantastic. Well done.”
He described the Vision as challenging and inspiring and described Hartlepool as “fundamental to Tees Valley’s strengths.”