A massive North East regeneration project has taken a leap forward with the start of compulsory purchase order proceedings.
The redevelopment of a 1,820ha industrial area, including the former Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SSI) Redcar site, was given a boost as the South Tees Development Corporation (STDC) announced it was in discussions with owners over acquiring the land.
It is the first stage of the compulsory purchase process. The STDC clarified that there are no plans to acquire private homes using the powers.
A masterplan published in October last year, outlined proposals for a self sufficient energy network, new highways infrastructure and improved rail freight connections. New public transport links will provide access to employment.
The STDC is the first Mayoral Development Corporation outside London. It aims to generate 20,000 jobs on the redeveloped industrial site over 25 years. It said the first investment announcement is expected to be made in the next few weeks.
Limited funding is in place from the Communities and Local Government department for start-up activities, resourcing and prioritised work packages such as physical ground investigations.
The area has been neglected since the liquidation of SSI in 2015 marked the end of the steel industry on Teesside after 170 years.