Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

From Little Acorns

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

From Little Acorns

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JUST 30 years ago the first residents moved into their new homes on what was eventually to become the largest private housing estate in Europe.

But the story of how Ingleby Barwick became a reality was a far from an easy one.

It could be said that terming Ingleby Barwick as a housing estate is somewhat unfair because the place is actually divided into several distinct areas and communities.

Had Ingleby Barwick not been so close to Thornaby, but been built some miles away, then it would probably have been described as a new town.

The first mention of plans to build there is found in the Evening Gazette archives on March 8, 1968.

The headline read "pounds 200m. New Town Project Planned for SW Tees".

The project planner Franklin Medhurst said: "This is a very exciting and unique development.

"It amounts to the complete development of a new town for 50,000 people."

However, such a large scheme did not go unnoticed in London and on May 18, 1968, it was announced that the Ministry of Housing had called in the new town plan.

This meant that the decision to go ahead with Ingleby Barwick would be made in London, not on Teesside.

On September 29, 1970, the Government announced the plan for the development had been turned down, and it seemed that Ingleby Barwick would remain populated mainly by cattle and sheep.

The New Town plan had "died", lamented Malcolm Race in the Evening Gazette, so the planned new development was shelved and all went quiet for the next four years.

Behind the scenes wheels were turning and on May 31, 1974, North Riding Council announced a scheme to build houses for 25,000 people, half the original plan.

More public inquiries followed and gradually the planned population increased.

By 1978 the plan was for 28,000 people in 9,000 homes. …

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