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Masterplan aids Aycliffe in gearing up for Hitachi arrival
4:41pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A MASTERPLAN to prepare Newton Aycliffe for the arrival of the Hitachi rail contract has been agreed by councillors.
Durham County Council’s Newton Aycliffe Regeneration Masterplan sets as its priorities: supporting Aycliffe business park, delivering new houses and improving the town’s retail offer.
The 1940s new town, which recently celebrated its 65th birthday, is set for a massive economic boost as Hitachi builds hundreds of railway carriages for the Government’s Intercity Express Programme at an £82m factory in the town from 2016.
The project is expected to create 730 jobs.
Council chiefs believe public support of around £16m could attract up to £224m of private sector investment for Aycliffe over the next 30 years.
The masterplan was approved by the council’s cabinet meeting at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle today (Wednesday, October 9).
Cabinet member Lucy Hovvels said she was excited about the plan and it would build on the Hitachi development.
The masterplan can be viewed online at durham.gov.uk
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