The story so far
The five Tees Valley Local Authorities – Darlington, Hartlepool,
Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees –
became a Combined Authority in April 2016, and in May 2017, Ben
Houchen, a Conservative, was elected the Mayor of the Tees Valley
The emphasis within the Tees Valley Combined Authority has
firmly been on job creation, often working with the LEP, which
maps directly onto the Combined Authority. Examples cited by
the Combined Authority include its heavy involvement in the jobs
taskforce set up in the wake of the closure of the Redcar steelworks
and the area’s 12 enterprise zones, as well as announcements of plans
for a £150m overhaul of Darlington’s Bank Top train station.
One of the focal points of Ben’s mayoralty is around his pledge
to bring back Durham Tees Valley Airport into public ownership.
Having published a 10-year plan to save the airport, the purchase
from previous owners PEEL was completed in early 2019.
The CA’s Strategic Economic Plan (2016 to 2026) has set itself the
following targets to deliver by 2026:
25,000 additional jobs
Extra £2.8 billion into the Tees Valley economy
And by 2040:
10 per cent of the total GVA growth target for the Northern
Powerhouse (w/ only 4 per cent of the population)
There has been a particular focus on the proposed regeneration of
a substantial area of South Tees. This area mainly comprises the
large former SSI and Tata Steel land zones in Redcar, Lackenby,
Grangetown and South Bank.
The South Tees Development Corporation (STDC) was established
in shadow form in February 2016 and formally launched in August
2017. The aim is for the regeneration to create 20,000 new jobs in