Enterprise zone is a step closer

Stephen Catchpole
Stephen Catchpole

PLANS for Teesside’s enterprise zone which would bring thousands of jobs into Hartlepool have moved one step closer.

Tees Valley Unlimited’s Leadership Board yesterday gave their backing in principle to the proposals.

Business chiefs throughout Teesside will now eagerly await a decision from the Government which is expected towards the end of next month.

Queens Meadow Business Park and Oakesway, both in Hartlepool, have been put forward as possible sites for the zone.

If passed, 5,500 jobs could be on their way to the town as well as 300 new businesses.

Stephen Catchpole, Tees Valley Unlimited’s managing director, said: “Tees Valley Unlimited’s Leadership Board considered the responses received to the consultation exercise in respect of the enterprise zone proposals. The responses were supportive and as a result the board endorsed the proposals without amendment.

“I believe that these proposals are innovative, imaginative and have the greatest potential to transform the area’s economic prospects.

“This is an ongoing process and we will continue to liaise closely with stakeholders, partner agencies, businesses and local authorities as the enterprise zone proposals progress through discussions with the Government.”

Throughout Teesside the sites for the enterprise zone would cover 170 hectares.

Belasis Hall Technology Park, in Billingham, is also being proposed as well as sites in Darlington, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton.