Hartlepool Development Corporation Agree Vision For Future Of Town

Tees Valley Combined Authority | Published on: 23rd May 2023

The Hartlepool Development Corporation Board has unanimously agreed the masterplan to supercharge regeneration in the town at its second meeting.

The plan is focused on accelerating Hartlepool by maximising the potential of its maritime past, manufacturing present and creative future. Its overall vision is: “Imaginative, Creative & Ambitious – A 21st-century maritime town; a thriving place to live, work, explore and invest.”

It sets out the strategy to drive investment and support its transformation by stimulating private sector investment and growth, creating partnerships to unlock opportunities and promote the area to would-be investors.

This includes attracting 2,000 new, good-quality jobs; building up to 1,300 new homes; restoring, reinvigorating and reshaping a sustainable and vibrant town centre; and to renew the waterfront to create a thriving maritime economy around its historic Marina.

Oakesway Business Park, retail and leisure land – including Mill House Leisure Centre and Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, with public realm and civic buildings, will all sit within the Corporation boundary.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, Chair of the Board, said: “We’re moving rapidly now to a position where we can stop talking and start doing – this ambitious vision sets out how we’re going to reimagine the town, capitalising on fantastic assets like the Northern Studios, BIS, the Marina and others to pay tribute to its past while growing the sectors of the future.

“Just last week we were at the UKREiiF event banging the drum for the Development Corporation to a raft of would-be investors, developers and housebuilders. We might be at the beginning of our journey but we’re wasting no time in getting people on board to help develop the Hartlepool local people deserve.”

Read the full masterplan here.

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