COUNCIL chiefs have started their search for an expert company to deliver a radical new blueprint for Hartlepool.
Hartlepool Borough Council wants to work with an organisation which can develop an ambitious master plan covering the town’s Marina and waterfront.
The announcement comes hard on the heels of the council’s launch of the Hartlepool Vision.
More than 150 business and industry representatives heard of the plans to revitalise the centre of Hartlepool and spark the town’s wider regeneration.
Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Leader of Hartlepool Council, said: “Hartlepool already has lots to offer but we must build on the previous successes with a bold new and achievable plan for regenerating the wider area, especially unused sites such as Jacksons Landing and the Trincomalee Wharf.
“The master planning of the waterfront and surrounding area will articulate in more detail how much of our collective ambition can be delivered but also show where and how this can be achieved.”
He added: “Gone are the days when councils can go it alone on ambitious plans like this and the master plan process will provide the opportunity to work together with businesses, land owners and developers to regenerate key areas of our town.”
Damien Wilson, the council’s assistant director (regeneration), said: “Hartlepool has come a long way in the last 20 years and the Hartlepool Vision and master plan are fantastic opportunities to kick start the next stage of major regeneration.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to invigorate key parts of the town and through the Masterplan process we will explore in depth the full potential of the areas and propose realistic solutions for what can be achieved.”
Companies have until March 7 to submit their bids for the tender. An appointment is expected in April which will be followed by talks with residents, businesses, land owners, developers and other key stakeholders before the completion of the Masterplan by January 2015.
For further information contact rob.smith @hartlepool.gov.uk or visit www.qtegov.com and quote reference QTLE-9FEGKN