Exciting Future for Teesside

Lord Heseltine’s independent review of Teesside followed a range of discussions with local private and public sector leaders and businesses to identify opportunities to unlock, promote and support economic growth.

Key announcements


Chapter 4: Industrial and Urban Regeneration

  • That the South Tees Development Corporation is established as quickly as possible.
  • That an ambitious strategy for the area is created within a year.


Chapter 5: Growth Opportunities and Wider Regeneration

  • Universities work with local employers to address skill gaps and contribute to meeting future needs of business.
  • The Tees Valley Combined Authority to work with the Chamber of Commerce and the Local Enterprise Partnership to bring together all business support organisations, enhancing the Business Compass model.


Chapter 6: Education, Employment and Skills

  • The Tees Valley should consider whether it would be appropriate to create a University Technical College or Institute of Technology. (see 6.5.4)
  • The Tees Valley LEP and Combined Authority to work with employers and schools to promote and increase the number of apprenticeships in the area


Chapter 7: Energy Economy

  • The Teesside Collective should work with existing petroleum and carbon dioxide storage licence holders, and harness the Storage Site Appraisal work to explore and identify the best potential offshore pipeline network and potential storage site for Teesside’s Industrial Carbon Capture Storage emissions.
  • Hartlepool Borough Council should undertake work to consider whether the proposed new nuclear site at Hartlepool would be suitable to host a Small Modular Reactor.


Chapter 9: Transport Infrastructure

  • Network Rail and Transport for the North are encouraged to recognise the importance of Darlington Station as the key rail gateway for the Tees Valley – at the heart of a commercial regeneration scheme.


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