Eaglescliffe MoD site to be turned into housing complex
An old Ministry of Defence site on Teesside is to be turned into a housing and retail complex creating "thousands" of construction jobs.
Plans for Allens West in Eaglescliffe include 846 houses, a 60-bed care home, shopping parade and community facilities.
They were approved by Stockton Borough Council's planning committee.
The team behind the application said, as part of the scheme, more than £2.3m would be invested in the area.
Darlington-based Prism Planning, which acted for landowner Eaglescliffe Limited, said money would be invested in local schools, bus and rail infrastructure, footpaths and cycleways as well as Yarm's first long-term car park.
The company's managing director, Steve Barker, said: "The shops and extra care home will generate additional employment opportunities once they are developed.
"Economically, this permission will be a great boost to the area and will help to finally secure a positive use for a site that has been struggling for a number of years."
The site dates back to 1930 when it was set up by Lord Nuffield for the War Department before being used as a Royal Navy supply depot.