Zones a step closer

TEES Valley has clinched a first in its battle to bring big business to the area.

The Government has given the go-ahead to the planning regime surrounding the proposed new Tees Valley Enterprise Zone.

It is the first zone in the country to get the backing of Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and it means that local planning authorities can now adopt the plans with no interventions or amendments required.

That is great news for the experts who are fighting to persuade companies to invest in areas of Hartlepool such as Queen’s Meadow, Port Estates, and Oakesway, each of those areas now has its Local Development Order (LDO) system of planning regime in place.

Linda Edworthy, director of policy and strategy at Tees Valley Unlimited, which is the regeneration body leading the fight to bring extra investment to the area said: “We proposed six LDOs to support the development of the enterprise zone sites.”

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond said; “We welcome this news and it represents a further boost to the development of enterprise zones sites in Hartlepool and the Tees Valley.

“Enterprise zone status will stimulate long term investment and new jobs for the town. It’s a great opportunity to create good quality, sustainable jobs in developing sectors including renewable energy and biotechnology.”

Hartlepool has secured a 33 per cent share of the Tees Valley-wide enterprise zone, potentially creating up to 15,000 jobs.