The Station Quarter is a key area for the MDC. Credit: MDC consultation documents

Views sought to shape Middlesbrough development

Consultation is now open on a draft design code intended to guide projects in the town centre, with commercial space and 1,500 homes the main aims.

The Middlesbrough Mayoral Development Corporation has been set up to spearhead and accelerate the redevelopment of the town and recently launched a masterplan document, with consultation held earlier this year.

Input is now invited on the draft design code for the zone, which underpins the masterplan by outlining to developers and investors what types of development will be supported within the area. Planner Lichfields and architect Ryder are advising.

The code will also support the Development Corporation carry out its planning functions by detailing over-arching principles that will guide decision-making.

Ultimately, the ambitions of the MDC and masterplan are to deliver 4,000 new and high-quality jobs, 1,500 town centre homes, stimulate private sector investment and economic growth and deliver new and improved, clean and safer open spaces.

Tees Valley metro mayor Ben Houchen said: “We’ve delivered investment to the length and breadth of Middlesbrough and the time has never been better to really ramp up its transformation and deliver for local people.

“From fantastic assets like Teesside University, the Boho zone and its new-look railway station, the future’s bright for the town – but we can go further, faster by drawing these together more closely and bringing about new schemes to make it an even better place to invest and visit.

“This document will make crystal clear the types of new investment we want to see here, so developers come to our door with the right ideas the first time. It will make sure we’re working in lock-step with guiding principles to help speed up the planning process.”

Middlesbrough mayor and MDC board member Chris Cooke said: “The potential for Middlesbrough is huge, but it’s vital that we ensure we get the right sort of development that will deliver lasting and sustainable transformation.”

The move follows the launch of the consultation into the draft design code for the Hartlepool Development Corporation.

The Middlesbrough consultation is open until midnight on 15 October, and can be accessed here.

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