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A JOBS-boosting Tees Valley enterprise zone is moving rapidly closer to reality.

Bosses at the regeneration agency Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU) have highlighted the steps being taken to revitalise the area’s economy.

In its first ever published Business Update Report, TVU has revealed that the Enterprise Zone – which could mean 15,000 jobs for Hartlepool – will take further shape in January.

A report will be sent to the Government in the new year to highlight the seven sites where planning schemes are rapidly moving forward.

A TVU spokesman said: “Simplified planning on the EZ will encourage new investment and development on the site. Seven sites have been identified for Local Development Orders (LDOs) and these are being prepared and are mainly on track for submission to Government in January 2012.”

LDOs are planned in Hartlepool at Queens Meadow, Port Estates and Oakesway as well as in other parts of the Tees Valley.

The spokesman added: “Work has continued and the Enterprise Zone boundaries have now been agreed and submitted to Government as part of the final Implementation Plan.”

But enterprise zones are only one part of TVU’s work.

Elsewhere in the document, bosses have highlighted how 896 jobs have been either created or safeguarded between September and December. Thirty businesses have been created and another 41 safeguarded.

They have also revealed plans to set up a framework for developing the Tees Valley workforce through learning schemes which are likely to be revealed in more detail in January.

Another scheme could see energy created through heat used in industry, again with more plans to be revealed next year.

The spokesman said TVU was preparing “a detailed business case for a scheme using waste industrial heat.”