Hartlepool Borough Council

Planning Policy

Hartlepool Enterprise Zones

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Enterprise Zones

In order to aid economic recovery and stimulate growth, the Government is pursuing its programme of Enterprise Zones throughout the country. The Enterprise Zone initiative is intended to support and attract investment in key sectors which have been identified as having potential for growth in the Tees Valley. There are three sites within Hartlepool which are included within the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone: Queens Meadow Business ParkThe Port and Oakesway

Simplified Planning: Local Development Orders

As well as the financial benefits, Enterprise Zones provide an added incentive of a simplified planning process. In Hartlepool this will be done through Local Development Orders (LDOs). The LDOs will allow development to be undertaken without the need for planning permission to be obtained; providing the development is carried out in accordance with established development requirements and conditions in the LDO.
Statutory Consultation Period

The Statutory consultation period ran between 23rd November 2011 and 23rd December 2011, seeking the views of Statutory consultees and other interested parties. All representations made during the consultation period have been considered and incorporated into the final LDOs. The final LDOs were then sent to the Secretary of State on 2nd February 2012 for consideration.
The Final LDOs

The Secretary of State agreed that the Borough Council could go ahead and adopt the LDOs.  The LDOs were subsequently adopted by the Council on 22 March 2012, and they became effective from 1 April 2012 and expired on 31 March 2015.  The Borough Council has now extended the timescale of the LDOs to run from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2018.  This extended timescale was formally approved by the Council on 26 March 2015.  

The 3 extended timescale LDOs can be viewed below: 


The Port LDO
Queens Meadow LDO
Oakesway LDO


Compliance Forms

Compliance Forms for those wishing to undertake development in the Enterprize Zone under the provisions of the LDO's can be viewed below. 


The Forms should be completed and submitted with the required fee, information and details to:
Planning Services
Civic Centre
Victoria Road
TS24 8AY
Contact Details

For queries in relation to the simplified planning process, development requirements and general planning advice on the Enterprise Zones please contact:
Andrew Carter (Planning Services Manager)
Tel: (01429) 523596
For queries in relation to the financial incentives available on the Hartlepool Enterprise Zones please contact:
Antony Steinberg (Economic Development Manager)
Tel: (01429) 523503

Contact us

Telephone: 01429 266522

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