Tuesday, 5 December 2006

Council moves forward with plan for Greater Eston regeneration

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is set to invite residents from South Bank, Grangetown and the Greater Eston area to have their say on future development in their area.

The Council is set to commission its Greater Eston Masterplan - a key document that will act as a definitive guide and play an essential role in moving forward work to secure major investment and development for the area - investment that has the potential to bring about the provision of wide range of development such as affordable new homes, thriving shops, entertainment, open public spaces and parkland, a new library and healthcare facilities.

Residents will play a key role in developing the Masterplan - the first stage in its development will be consultation with residents, businesses and community organisations. Some of the immediate issues to tackle will be limiting decline in the area and the need for new housing, the redevelopment of Eston Square and the Low Grange Farm, which are currently in private ownership, and establishing what residents want for their future.

Councillor Chris Abbott, Cabinet Member for Housing and Neighbourhood Renewal, said:

“South Bank, Grangetown and the Greater Eston area have suffered a number of years of decline and its now time to stop this trend and look forward; there have been some difficult decisions and a lot of hard work to get to this point but we can now start to talk realistically about building a new future for the area.

“The Masterplan is not just another paper plan – it is a real, working document and an essential tool that will move forward work with developers and investors in the area – this is a plan that will make things happen and that’s why it is so essential that we start by talking with residents and local businesses to find out what they want the plan to deliver for them.”

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