January 7, 2020 @ 16:27 by Richard Dawson
Ahead of the launch of his campaign for re-election, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has signed off on £23.6 million in funding that will enable the construction of a logistics and manufacturing park at Teesside International Airport.
The £200 million development, which will be built on the 270-acres of land to the south of the airport, will see 3.4 million sq ft of logistics, manufacturing and commercial space built over the next ten years.
It is a joint venture partnership with the private sector, with the combined authority staking £23.6 million to get the project off the ground.
That investment will provide critical infrastructure to enable the wider development, including connections to the main utilities and providing access from the A67.
Once complete, it is thought that 4400 jobs could be created with £3 million a year to reinvest into the airport.
The 270-acre development is part of 817 acres that was secured when Mayor Houchen bought the airport last year.
Mr Houchen’s 10-year rescue plan includes commitments to increase passenger numbers to 1.4 million, secure a low-cost carrier by 2022, and drive the creation of thousands of new jobs.
He said: “This investment is a major step forward for our airport. I’ve always said our airport isn’t just about holiday flights, for our airport to be truly successful and sustainable appropriate development around the airport site would be needed. Today’s announcement is a huge step forward in achieving this.
“Not only does this investment unlock £200 million in private sector development it will also lead to the creation of thousands of good-quality well-paid jobs for local people.
“Once up and running, this new logistics and manufacturing park will see £3 million from the development reinvested back into our airport to make sure it is safe for the long term.
“All money made from this development will be put back into the airport to help it grow and attract new flights and not a single house will be built.”