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Plans for manufacturing space in the North East submitted

Words: Laura Edgar
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An application for 4.5 million square feet of manufacturing space on the site of the former SSI steelworks in Redcar has been lodged with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.

The scheme, by the South Tees Development Corporation, is intended to create 9,000 jobs, as well as 1,000 construction jobs during the eight-year build programme.

More than 430 acres of land alongside the River Tees will be remediated to make way for the scheme. 

The plans were submitted three months after Mayor of Tees Valley Ben Houchen succeeded in his bid to secure the former SSI steelworks through a compulsory purchase order (CPO).

He 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.

“When I started CPO proceedings against SSI and the three Thai banks, I was clear that we owed it to the former steelworkers and their families to secure the site for the people of Teesside so that we could redevelop it and see jobs return to the site.

“This planning application represents a huge step forward in reaching this goal and represents a modest portion of the site, while creating many thousands of jobs, which shows why this site is so important – not just to Redcar and Cleveland, but also to the future success of our whole region.

“This game-changing proposal represents by far the largest development announced to date for the former steelworks and will see a key part of the site brought back into meaningful use. To give this some scale, it is more than three times the size of the new Amazon fulfilment centre that opened in Darlington earlier this year.

“This application is another crucial step forward for my plan for jobs by delivering on the overall masterplan, which we are now motoring ahead with. We’ve got the land, we’ve got the cash, the diggers are getting to work and we’re creating local jobs for local workers.”

Mary Lanigan, leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and South Tees Development Corporation board member, said: “This planning application has the potential to create over 9,000 highly skilled jobs for local people and achieve significant inward investment on the STDC site, which is vital for the future prosperity of the area and the region.

“The progress being made on site is great to see and especially important as we slowly emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. There is still a long road ahead, however, this news is definitely another step in the right direction.”

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