We have provided strategic support and advice for Tees Valley Regeneration and Darlington Borough Council, since the inception of the Central Park scheme in 2002.
The scheme, a 30-hectare mixed-use regeneration scheme, is one of the flagship projects for the Tees valley. The project seeks to deliver up to 500 new homes, around 2,000 jobs, a new university campus, high quality office accommodation, a new iconic park and new transport links to the town centre and railway station.
Since the commencement we have provided the authority with acquisition budgets and acquired interests affected by the scheme. Indications are that the scheme will be delivered without the need for a formal compulsory purchase order.
Interests included the extinguishment of a public house and scrap merchants, and the relocation of a pork pie bakery, veterinary surgery, a telecoms mast and a hair products wholesaler. We have since been involved in detailed negotiations with Network Rail with regard to operational railway land, acquisition of railway sidings and village green issues.
We are currently advising Darlington Borough Council on compensation arising for relocation of a supplier and distributor of cosmetic products in the area.