Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

ON TRACK FOR 3,000 HOMES; Rail Yards Identified for Building Project with a Difference

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

ON TRACK FOR 3,000 HOMES; Rail Yards Identified for Building Project with a Difference

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Byline: By SANDY McKENZIE

PROSPECTS for developing a new-style community on Teesside with up to 3,000 homes are about to be investigated.

Consultants have been appointed to take an in-depth look at the railway marshalling yards site between Thornaby and Middlesbrough.

The 130-acre site could be used to build between 2,500 and 3,000 homes.

And the aim would be to provide something different for Teesside - possibly homes with a Scandinavian or German influenced design.

The idea of developing the marshalling yards site, stretching from just outside Thornaby station to Newport Bridge, is among the proposals being developed under the Stockton Middlesbrough Initiative being pursued by Stockton and Middlesbrough councils.

It aims to change perceptions of the river corridor between Stockton and Middlesbrough, is bringing new uses and investment to the area and creating a new city-scale heart for Teesside between the Stockton and Middlesbrough town centres.

The two councils have agreed a development framework consultation with the various land owners.

It preserves the important open space areas and wildlife habitats.

But it also introduces new development in areas such as the marshalling yards, the former site of the Portrack incinerator and around the barrage.

To consider the potential of bringing forward development on the marshalling yards the two landowners, EWS, the freight rail company, and Network Rail, together with the Stockton Middlesbrough Initiative, have appointed consultants EDAW, in partnership with Hyder Consulting and King Sturge, to study the site.

It will look at issues related to the rail infrastructure, including freight rail requirements, site conditions as well as traffic issues.

All partners believe the site has the capability to provide a high quality and sustainable residential community. …

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