Boost for economy

HARTLEPOOL is to gain from a £700,000-plus Government boost.

Hartlepool Borough Council will get £768,387 from the Government’s new homes bonus, while Stockton Borough Council will get £1,321,132.

Housing Minister Grant Shapps confirmed the cash boost to 353 councils, who will receive a share of £432m.

It comes as the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership was given £5,798,759 from the Department for Communities and Local Government as part of the Government’s £500m growing places fund

The funding is designed to boost economic growth by getting the required infrastructure built to enable the creation of new homes and jobs and get stalled projects moving once again.

Mr Shapps said: “The announcement represents a massive cash boost of nearly £1bn to communities with a track record of going for growth and with ambition to go even further.

“The growing places fund will unlock further sites for development, creating new jobs, while the new homes bonus recognises the efforts that have been made to deliver thousands of new homes and bring empty properties back into use.

“I look forward to seeing how this significant investment will change the shape of communities across the country.”