A £19million bid for funding to re-vamp a neglected area of Catterick – and expand the existing town centre – has been lodged.

Richmondshire District Council, in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and the MOD, has submitted an application to central government’s Levelling Up Fund.

It details ambitious proposals for the £21million initial phase of a regeneration programme for enhancing Catterick town centre.

This includes the re-development of land around Shute Road to provide more community facilities and space and to improve pedestrian connectivity.

If successful, it should pave the way for further improvements that will deliver extra retail and commercial premises and drive further investment into the area for both the military and civilian residents.

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District Council leader, Councillor Angie Dale said: “We want to see Shute Road and the area around it transformed into an attractive, vibrant and inclusive town centre.

“They are very exciting plans for the town – a new town square with a community and enterprise facility and the rejuvenation of Coronation Park will bring in more businesses and therefore more people giving the town centre the focus it doesn’t currently have.”

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If the bid for funds is successful it would lead to the creation of a new town square along with landscaping improvements.

Key footpaths and cycle ways would be created through Coronation Park and on the approach to the town centre, along with a new community and enterprise facility with glass a pavilion and outdoor seating area.

North Yorkshire County Council’s leader, Cllr Carl Les, who represents the Catterick Village and Brompton-on-Swale division, said: “The Levelling Up Fund provides the opportunity to introduce wide-ranging improvements in areas of the country which are often most in need.

“We have worked closely with our colleagues at Richmondshire District Council and the Ministry of Defence to draw up the bid which, if approved, will be of huge benefit to Catterick and the surrounding area for years to come.”

Major General Richard Clements, director of infrastructure added: “The Army is very supportive of the regeneration of Catterick town centre, and a successful bid will provide the funding to deliver the joint vision for the town.

"Delivering the right infrastructure is key to encouraging investment in what will be a vibrant community that will greatly benefit our serving personnel, their families, and the wider civilian community.”

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