Stockton's riverside £300m revamp begins

Artist's impression of Stockton's Northshore redevelopment
Image caption The scheme will include new houses, shops and leisure facilities

Work has started on a £300m housing and regeneration scheme on Teesside.

It is hoped the riverside development in Stockton, comprising of new offices, sport facilities, houses and shops, will create thousands of jobs.

Construction has begun on the first phase - a residential development which will feature 50 two, three and four-bed terraced and semi-detached homes.

There are also plans to overhaul Stockton's town centre in a separate £20m investment programme.

This proposal includes building a new plaza to give views of the town's Infinity bridge and introducing short-stay parking near to the High Street.

Stockton council described the new riverside housing development at Northshore as a "new form of urban family housing" featuring roof terraces with "views over the River Tees".

The development at the former heavy industrial and shipbuilding site close to Stockton town centre has been funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and supported by Stockton Council, Tees Valley Unlimited and One North-East.

'Economy boost'

Stockton Council's cabinet member for regeneration and transport, councillor Bob Cook said: "The high quality, affordable housing will really benefit Stockton Borough residents and I am sure the scheme will encourage people living outside Stockton to consider relocating here.

"This, along with the jobs the new development brings, is a welcome boost to our local economy."

Leader of Stockton Council, Councillor Ken Lupton, said: "Last week we announced the launch of our town centre development prospectus setting out a five-year, £20m investment programme to transform the High Street and make it more attractive for retailers, businesses, shoppers and visitors.

"The Northshore development is another exciting and integral contribution to these wider regeneration plans which will benefit existing residents, and residents who may move to the area in future, for many generations."

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