Durham Tees Valley Airport expansion plans take a big step forward

Durham Tees Valley Airport.
Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Jobs-boosting plans for a multi-million-pound development at Durham Tees Valley Airport have taken a vital step forward.

Planning chiefs at two councils have now given their backing for the first stage of the £10m plan. It means that work can start on site next April and be completed within a year.

A key element in delivering the Master Plan is opening up the potential of the Southside, including the development of aviation-related activities adjacent to the runway.

Steve Gill, Durham Tees Valley Airport managing director

Planning approval has been described as ‘a very significant step forward in delivering the objective of maximising the potential of the airport’.

Durham Tees Valley Airport managing director Steve Gill was speaking after Darlington Council’s Planning Committee had joined with Stockton Council in approving plans for the construction of a new 1.8-kilometre link road between the north and south sides of the airport, running around the eastern end of the runway, together with a large building forming the first phase of the Southside Business Park.

The airport’s parent company, the Peel Group is providing £5m, with another £5m earmarked through the Government’s Local Growth Fund, overseen by Tees Valley Unlimited.

The Southside Business Park has the potential to create 3,000 jobs and contribute £11m a year to the local economy.

Mr Gill said the airport’s master plan made it clear that at the heart of the airport’s development was the “full use of all development opportunities across the site, coupled with establishing a major hub for business and general aviation”.

He said a key element of that was developing the south side of the airport, and the planning approval for the new link road was “a very significant and welcome step forward”.

Work is continuing on other aspects of implementing the master plan, including mixed-use developments on the north side of the airport.

The 1.9m sq ft Southside Business Park will become known as Aero Centre Tees Valley.

It will offer chances of investment for industrial, warehousing and logistics businesses and that could potentially bring in much-needed jobs.