Enterprise zone plans go on show

PLANS to boost business are now on display as part of a public consultation.

The guides for how the 12 individual sites that form the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone will be available until December 23.

The sites, which were announced earlier this year, will benefit from tax reliefs and simplified planning regimes to encourage business investment and the creation of local jobs.

The draft Local Development Orders (LDOs) for Queen’s Meadow, Port Estates and Oakesway are all available to view at Hartlepool Borough Council’s civic centre.

Tees Valley Unlimited is also hosting a morning drop-in session from 9.30am-1pm at Cavendish House, in Teesdale Business Park, Stockton, on Tuesday, December 6, where the details will be available collectively and representatives will be on hand to answers any questions.

Enterprise Zone planning proposals are intended to accelerate the development of the sites to realise the financial incentives that come into force on April 1, next year.

Linda Edworthy, Tees Valley Unlimited’s director of policy and strategy, said: “Seven of the 12 sites will be managed through Local Development Orders. LDOs grant planning permission for the type of development outlined in the order so there is no need to submit a formal planning application and wait for approval.

“This can provide certainty for the developer and save both time and money – key components in any construction project.

“The additional sites at Belasis Hall Technology Park, PD Ports/South Bank Wharf, Wilton, New Energy and Technology Park and NORTHSHORE are subject to different restrains due to their locations.

“As such, they will be managed through Planning Performance Agreements. PPAs establish a partnership framework and management programme for dealing with a development proposal.

“They identify the complex needs of both the project and the location from the outset so help minimise risks, decision making delays and potential costs of appeal.

“It is anticipated that both planning regimes will help attract first class developers who will further entice businesses to locate across the Enterprise Zone.”

Additional information can be found at www.teesvalleyunlimited.gov.uk or by calling (01642) 524400.