More progress for Enterprise Zone plans

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REGENERATION chiefs have revealed more progress in the plans to bring enterprise zones to the Tees Valley.

Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU) has published a progress report showing the latest moves to bring investment to the area.

It shows that every borough council in the Tees Valley, including Hartlepool, has agreed to a proposal which would see high-speed broadband set up for zone sites.

The draft plan was submitted to the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) organisation at the end of last month.

A TVU spokesman said in the report that discussions “are ongoing” with BDUK and Durham County Council about progressing the draft plan.

Broadband would be one of the advantages which would be used to attract major international investors to the zone which could potentially create 15,000 jobs for Hartlepool.

The report also highlighted that the Government had given the green light for Local Development Orders (LDOs) – a simplified planning system – for zone sites including Queens Meadow, Port Estates and Oakesway in Hartlepool, as well as in other parts of the Tees Valley.

David Soley, a member of the leadership board, which is campaigning to highlight Tees Valley as a potential area for investment, added: “This month has further demonstrated the success we can achieve through strong partnership working and a committed and consistent approach to our key objectives.”