THE Hartlepool regeneration draft Masterplan is packed with proposals affecting the town centre.
It looks at what can be achieved within the Marina, Hartlepool Waterfront and the wider town centre.
Here are some of the points in more detail.
•Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience
As revealed by the Mail, Hartlepool Maritime Experience could become a regional museum called NMRN North.
The committee report said NMRN has “expressed an interest in creating an additional visitor attraction possibly including Jacksons Landing. This is at a very early stage and will require additional project feasibility and development work, however it presents an opportunity to create a step change in the visitor offer of the town.”
It could even lead to “either additional historic ships and artefacts or modern Naval exhibits.”
It could also mean extra visitor facilities including hotels and restaurants, small scale kiosks and pavilions.
•Middleton Grange Shopping Centre
The Masterplan wants to encourage “significant economic growth in the town centre”.
The committee report says: “Middleton Grange Shopping Centre has vacancies and investment is required to respond to changing market challenges and conditions. Mars Pension Fund, which now owns the long leasehold for the site, has long-term interest and has plans to improve the centre in terms of appearance and its retail offer and the Masterplan supports these plans.”
A new leisure centre next to Middleton Grange is also part of the plans.
This is a key site that offers significant redevelopment opportunities within the Masterplan area.
It could include a new boulevard connection between Victoria Terrace and Maritime Avenue.
•Church Street and the Innovation and Skills Quarter
The Innovation and Skills Quarter and the regeneration of the Church Street area is a big part of the Masterplan. A key anchor will be the Cleveland College of Art and Design-led redevelopment of the former council Lynn Street depot site.
The college has been awarded money from the Local Growth Fund to create a “landmark modern educational building” on the depot site. It will help the college realise its ambition to double in size and have 1,500 undergraduates by 2025.
The plan also includes narrowing the roads, widening the footpaths, making more crossing points, and creating extra space for businesses and pedestrians.
•Connecting everything together
One of the keys to the success of the Masterplan is connecting all of the sites together with a “pedestrian friendly solution.”
This will include a direct crossing on Stockton Street, near the college, so pedestrians only have to cross the road in a single phase.
The under-utilised multi-storey car park could get better access, with traffic signals for a right turn out of the car park.
And the footpath (on the bridge over the railway line from the transport interchange to Hartlepool Maritime Experience) could be widened by reducing the central reservation.