Development corporation submits 'biggest planning application in the north of England'

A development corporation has submitted plans for a 174-hectare manufacturing park on the site of the former SSI steelworks site at Redcar, with the Tees Valley elected mayor describing the application as the “biggest in the north of England”.

The former SSI steelworks near Redcar (pic: Getty)
The former SSI steelworks near Redcar (pic: Getty)

The South Tees Development Corporation has submitted, what Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen described in a statement issued by the body, as “game-changing” plans to Redcar and Cleveland Council.

The proposed scheme would create 1,000 construction jobs during its eight-year build, with 9,000 more permanent roles when it is complete, according to the statement issued by the development corporation.

A South Tees Development Corporation masterplan for the steelworks site stresses that the redevelopment of the whole area would bring “tangible and lasting benefits to the local community” by ensuring that local people, particular former workers, have the skills to access the jobs that will be created, and that existing local businesses benefit from investment.

The statement from the development corporation said that Houchen succeeded in a bid to secure the former SSI steelworks site through a successful compulsory purchase order three months ago.

Houchen said: “This is the biggest planning application in the north of England. We have worked tirelessly to take ownership of this site to allow us to get on with my plan for jobs, creating good-quality, high-skilled local jobs for local workers.”

Jacob Young, MP for Redcar and South Tees Development Corporation board member, added: “When you consider that this application, large as it is, only represents around a tenth of the total space available on the former steelworks. It just goes to show the depth of our ambitions beyond this parcel of land.”

Work on the scheme could commence by 2022, the develoment corporation said.

The planning application has not yet been published on the Redcar and Cleveland Council website.

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