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Town Fund - What is it?

Hartlepool was one of 100 towns across England invited to develop innovative regeneration plans and potentially secure up to £25 million through the Government’s Towns Fund initiative.

The Towns Fund forms part of the Government’s levelling up agenda aimed at rebalancing the national economy by boosting economic growth and raising living standards. The aim of the fund is to address growth constraints and unlock the economic potential of areas such as Hartlepool. The fund also forms part of the Government’s broader COVID-19 recovery package.

As part of the process of securing a Town Deal, a Town Investment Plan setting out proposed developments and how they would be delivered within a five-year period was drafted. Work on this was carried out throughout 2020 – a very challenging time due to the pandemic - and submitted to the Government at the end of January.  

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The whole process was led by the Hartlepool Town Deal Board - chaired by local businessman Alby Pattison and comprising representatives of the local public, private and voluntary sectors - and shaped by consultation with the local community.

Understanding local aspirations and concerns has already helped shape the proposals for Hartlepool and ensured that the priority projects identified will create lasting benefits for existing and future residents.


VIDEO: Councillor Shane Moore, Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, and Managing Director Denise McGuckin welcome the £25 million Hartlepool Town Deal


VIDEO: Hartlepool Town Deal Board Chair Alby Pattison thanks members for their work

How waterfront areas within the town's marina could look

£25m Town Deal

Hartlepool has been successful in securing a £25m Town Deal from the Government.

The Government will now work with Hartlepool Borough Council and the Town Deal Board to support the delivery of a Town Deal, with the goal of ensuring all Hartlepool residents have a share in the town’s success.

Development proposals include further town centre regeneration, including the re-imagining of the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre to create a clearly-defined mixed heart for the town centre; better links between the marina, town centre and railway station; and health and civil engineering training institutes that will help people develop new skills.

Funding for individual projects is subject to successfully completing Phase 2 of the Towns Fund process. This includes detailed project development and business case assurance at local level. Local partners will work with government to demonstrate the feasibility, viability and value for money of their projects.

We will need further input from the community during this next stage and more information about how to get involved will be provided shortly.

Accelerated Funding

Hartlepool has been awarded £1m in accelerated funding from the Towns Fund to bring forward projects that support jobs and economic growth. The Town Deal Board allocated this funding to secure the future of the Grade II Listed former Shades Hotel and to refurbish 15 Church Street. These properties will help to continue the regeneration of the Church Street area.

Town Deal Boundary


If you have any questions or require any further information please email: TownDeal@hartlepool.gov.uk

For guidance, resources, and news relating to the Towns Fund programme please visit:  https://townsfund.org.uk/