A MAJOR regeneration blueprint has moved a step closer to reality after council bosses appointed a firm to help deliver the project.
Hartlepool Borough Council says GVA, which have a track record of delivering masterplans around the world, beat off stiff competition to land the key role helping to develop an ambitious Masterplan covering the town’s Marina and waterfront.
The Masterplan forms part of the Hartlepool Vision unveiled by the local authority earlier this year which council chiefs hope will revitalise the centre of Hartlepool, spark the town’s wider regeneration and lay the “foundations for its future prosperity”.
Council leader, councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, said: “GVA has a wealth of experience in delivering masterplans and I am sure they will prove to be an excellent appointment.
“We know that Hartlepool has lots of assets but there is also so much more potential to make the town a better place to live, work and visit.
“Hartlepool Council has very bold and ambitious plans to regenerate key areas of the town and GVA fully understand what we are trying to achieve for the town.
“Our aim is to create major new retail and leisure facilities, increase the town’s profile as a visitor destination, a centre for advanced manufacturing and produce much-needed job opportunities for the town and the masterplan will help to achieve this.
“It is all about promoting Hartlepool as a quality, thriving destination and together with GVA, the business community, residents and others I’m confident we can achieve this.”
Consultation to seek resident’s views on what they’d like in the plan will take place this summer.
Coun Akers-Belcher added: “Residents, businesses, land owners, developers and others will have the chance to play their part and shape the Masterplan and I encourage everyone to participate in this process when it begins.”
Richard Newsome, an associate in GVA’s Newcastle office, said: “GVA is very impressed with the commitment from the council and we look forward to working in partnership to prepare the Masterplan for this key area of the town.
“Hartlepool has many strengths and it has achieved significant regeneration successes over the years, but the Masterplan heralds the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the town.
“Our aim is to help the council and the town realise its aspirations and transform a vision behind the Masterplan into reality.” The first draft should be completed towards the end of 2014. For information contact Rob Smith on (01429) 523531 or email firstname.lastname@example.org