Major regeneration proposals for Hartlepool’s marina and town centre won unanimous backing from councillors.
Hartlepool Borough Council has created a Hartlepool Masterplan which is aimed at driving improvements to boost the economy and attract new visitors and investors in the town.
Aimed at growing the local economy, creating jobs and making the town more appealing to residents, businesses and visitorsCouncillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, Hartlepool Borough Council leader
The masterplan was adopted at a joint meeting of the council’s Finance and Policy and Regeneration Services committees yesterday afternoon.
Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, council leader and also chairman of the Finance and Policy group, afterwards said: “I am pleased that there was unanimous support from the committee to adopt the Hartlepool Regeneration Masterplan.
“The Masterplan sets out in detail what can be achieved in the marina and waterfront area, town centre and Church Street – all aimed at growing the local economy, creating jobs and making the town more appealing to residents, businesses and visitors.
“Since we launched the Hartlepool Vision last year we have seen some significant developments across the town and the Regeneration Masterplan is key to enable us to build on this.”
Council regeneration chiefs believe the proposals could see £100m spent in construction, create up to 700 jobs and add up to £28m to the town’s economy over the next 15 years.
The masterplan’s proposals focus on developing marina including the empty Jacksons Landing shopping mall, which the council bought for £1.5m.
Another key element is to add boost the town’s retail offer by working with Middleton Grange Shopping Centre to open up units on Victory Square and the proposed relocation of leisure facilities from Mill House Leisure Centre.
The third strand of the masterplan involves the revitalisation of Church Street by developing an Innovation and Skills Quarter alongside Cleveland College of Art and Design to support new creative businesses.