The Local Development Orders designed to benefit the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone have been given the green light by Central Government.
The simplified planning regimes are the first in the country to get the go ahead from Eric Pickles - Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, meaning that local planning authorities can now adopt the plans with no interventions or amendments required.
Linda Edworthy, Tees Valley Unlimited Director of Policy and Strategy explained; "We proposed six LDOs to support the development of the Enterprise Zone sites at Queen's Meadow, Port Estates, Oakesway, Teesside Advanced Manufacturing Park, Kirkleatham Business Park and Darlington's Central Park.
"The LDOs grant pre-approved planning permission in line with key Enterprise Zone objectives, which critically saves time and money in the development process and will help make the sites attractive for investment."
The Local Development Orders were subject to public consultation before Christmas with the local authorities considering all comments received.
Linda continued; "Tees Valley Unlimited, the Local Authorities and our key stakeholder partners including the Environment Agency, Natural England, the Health and Safety Executive and the Highways Agency worked incredibly hard to ensure that the plans offered the best possible benefit for the sites while at the same time protecting the surrounding environment and the local community.
"We are delighted with the approval from DCLG and see it as yet another significant milestone in the successful delivery of the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone."
The Tees Valley Enterprise Zone also offers business rate relief across eight sites and Enhanced Capital Allowances across an additional four to encourage investment and growth.
Enterprise Zone sites at Belasis Hall Technology Park, PD Ports/South Bank Wharf, Wilton, New Energy and Technology Park, St Hilda's and NORTHSHORE will be managed by Planning Performance Agreements which establish a partnership framework and management programme for dealing with a development proposal.
Going live on 1 April this year, it is anticipated that the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone will support 61 businesses and create almost 1,200 jobs 2015.