Boost for Tees regeneration.
The changes announced in the draft Regional Spatial Strategy bring benefits on key areas, including housing, major development sites, and transport developments - all important elements in the Tees Valley City Region blueprint.
On housing the Government has accepted the case put forward within the region that the population is now growing and there is a need to increase the supply of affordable housing.
Iin the Tees Valley the guideline target is for an increase of 35,700 in the number of homes by 2021.
The argument on the need for the Tees Valley to be able to exploit its excellent transport links to become a major distribution and logistics centre has been reflected in the identification of two major sites in the Darlington area as key employment locations, together with Wynyard between Hartlepool and Stockton.
Plans for the expansion of Teesport have been given increased support in the document which also covers other transport issues including improvements to the major road network and the development of the Tees Valley Metro system.