What is Central Park?
Central Park is a 30 hectare brownfield site, between Haughton Road, Yarm Road, Hundens Lane and the railway line. The aim for the area is to create a mixture of residential, commercial and educational developments to encourage job creation and economic growth. Central Park is one of the regeneration flagship projects of the Tees Valley and is one of the 12 sites which make up the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone, focusing on attracting digital and biological industries to the area.
What has been done so far?
In addition to the education campus which is home to Darlington College and Teesside University, significant progress has been made at Central Park over the past three years with Business Central and the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre opening, 170 new homes being built and a new road infrastructure.
Plans for the future
Our vision is that by 2030, Central Park will be a thriving neighbourhood of commercial business space, office space, a hotel and new homes linked with green spaces and a public square.
Central Park is already a success story proving new housing and a higher education campus for Darlington College and Teesside University and we want to build on that success.
An original masterplan was prepared in 2012 and since then work has started on the delivery of new houses in the northern part of the area. The revised masterplan gives more details of how the commercial business park in Central Park South will be delivered and draws all areas of the site into one plan. The main features of the plan include:
- A network of linked green spaces
- A new Enterprise Zone to attract and support the growth of businesses in the area
- A new cycle and pedestrian bridge over Parkgate
- Provision of a high quality business environment integrated with housing and higher education facilities
- A new formal public space called Central Square
- A wildlife reserve area for plants, birds and butterflies
For reference, the existing masterplan, agreed in 2012, can be viewed here [pdf document]. The main changes are the
re-alignment of the spine road in the southern portion of the site and the removal of housing land south of the University in favour of land for commercial development. This is in response to the success of the commercial developments currently on site, it’s unique position in the Tees Valley next to the east coast main line and it’s status as an Enterprise Zone. The refreshed masterplan does not propose any changes to the housing currently ongoing on site or the existing educational campus, home to Darlington College and Teesside University.
What do you think?
We want your views on the revised Central Park Masterplan which sets out our aspirations, and those of our partners and stakeholders, site. We want to ensure the continued successful long term regeneration of the area.
- You can see the revised masterplan for the area here [pdf document]
- Central Park Overview [pdf document]
- Our latest information leaflet is here [pdf document]
The next phase of infrastructure is the construction of a new cycle and pedestrian bridge across Parkgate to provide an improved connection from Central Park to Bank Top Station.
Thank you to those residents and businesses who have given their views on the plans. there's still time to have your say by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or posting your views to Economic Projects Team, Town Hall, Darlington, DL1 5QT.
The Council is working towards submitting a refreshed outline planning application for Central Park and a full planning application for the cycle and pedestrian footbridge. Your views will be considered and inform these planning applications.
All views need to be received by Wednesday 26 July 2017 so finalised plans can be considered by the Council in the autumn.
For more information:
Economic Projects Team
Darlington Borough Council
Central Park by numbers
- 30 hectares of land
- 1 university
- 1 college
- 1 iconic park
- More than 350 homes
- 60,000 sqm of office and retail space over 10 buildings (enough for 52 businesses)
- Up to 2,000 new jobs