A DEVELOPER has agreed a new land deal it says will create scores of jobs and pump £6m into the region’s economy.

Wynyard Park officials have revealed Taylor Wimpey is ramping up plans to deliver a second phase of housing at the estate, based between Hartlepool and Stockton.

Officials today (Thursday, December 7) confirmed to The Northern Echo that the work will create more than 80 new jobs over a four-year period, adding the housebuilder has agreed a charter to ensure jobs go to local workers.

They added the new deal, which follows a previous Taylor Wimpey scheme, will provide a further 109 family homes, bestow around £1.5m in New Homes Bonus payments to Hartlepool Council over six years and £2.9m in council tax over the next decade.

Chris Musgrave, Wynyard Park’s chief executive, said: “This is great news for the area.

“Not only are we helping to secure much-needed jobs and investment, we are also enabling the further creation of high-quality housing.

“In line with our policy throughout the site, the new homes will have to adhere to our strict design code to maintain quality throughout the development and allow us to realise our vision of a unique place to live that is second-to-none.”

Mr Musgrave added the proposals will also make a financial contribution of more than £1m towards the delivery of affordable housing in Hartlepool.

Councillor Kevin Cranney, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council’s regeneration services committee, added: “At a time when millions of pounds are going into regenerating key areas of Hartlepool, this latest announcement from Wynyard Park and Taylor Wimpey is yet another vote of confidence in our town and its future.

“Not only will this second phase of the development create many more high-quality family homes within the borough, it will bring a very welcome financial boost to the town.

“Thanks to the charter agreed between the council and Taylor Wimpey, the jobs created will be for local people.”