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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Ambitious housing regeneration proposals agreed by cabinet

Friday, January 15, 2010


STOCKTON Council's Cabinet tonight (14 January) agreed ambitious housing regeneration proposals to transform two Stockton neighbourhoods.

At Parkfield, it agreed to start community consultation on proposals to extend the boundary for the existing Parkfield Mill Lane housing regeneration scheme.

It is proposed to extend the boundary in Phase 2 to Dovecot Street in order to provide enough scale of change to deliver the transformation and improvement needed for the area.

The 152 households in the area included in the proposed extension will receive a hand delivered letter with details of all the proposals and will be invited to one-to-one sessions with staff from Stockton Council to talk through any queries or concerns they may have.

This is the latest development in the £60 million regeneration masterplan for Parkfield Mill Lane. When the Council's Cabinet first approved the demolition boundary in 2005, many residents just outside the boundary voiced disappointment they were not in it.

The consultation which will now take place will gauge support for the new proposals.

The Council's ambitious 15 to 20 year plans for the Parkfield Mill Lane area aim to transform it into a thriving residential neighbourhood and, to date, have demolished more than 200 properties and built 90 new homes there.

At Swainby Road, residents were consulted on demolition proposals in October 2009 and there was overwhelming support.

During the consultation, 119 people responded with 99 per cent in favour of the regeneration plans. At the heart of the scheme is an opportunity for residents affected to be initially rehoused and then given priority to return by moving into new homes once they are built.

Now, Stockton Council and Tristar Homes will be working with the community to progress this multi million pound scheme.

The area is also soon to benefit from multi million investment in a new academy for secondary school children, state-of-the-art youth facilities for young people at MySpace and an additional 330 new high-quality homes on the former Hills Joinery site.

Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, said: "Stockton Council has an ambitious housing regeneration programme throughout the Borough and is committed to ensuring that all its residents enjoy good quality housing in safe, well designed neighbourhoods.

"This latest Cabinet decision shows we continue to meet this commitment to residents despite the current economic climate."

Together, these two schemes could create more than 600 jobs for local people.

Stockton Council continues to work on the successful, ambitious housing regeneration plans at Hardwick and Mandale where, to date, more than 1,200 properties have been demolished and more than 1,000 residents successfully relocated into new high-quality housing.