Friday, February 3, 2023

Catterick gets £19m to revitalise town centre

Plans to transform a neglected area of Catterick and develop the town centre have got the go ahead thanks to news that a £19 million funding pot has been awarded by central government.

Richmondshire District Council, in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and the MOD, has been successful in its bid to the Levelling Up Fund.

It means ambitious proposals for the £21million initial phase of a regeneration programme to enhance the town centre – including the re-development of land around Shute Road – can get underway. The plans will provide more community facilities and space and to improve pedestrian connectivity, and pave the way for further improvements that will deliver extra retail and commercial premises and drive further investment into the area and the wider town centre for both the military and civilian communities.

“This is great news for Catterick and the wider Richmondshire community,” said District Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale.

“We are now looking forward to working with our partners to bring the project to fruition and see the facilities improve within the town centre. It will also bring further investment into the district adding to the exciting plans already happening at Scotch Corner and along the A1 corridor.”

The leader of North Yorkshire County Council, Councillor Carl Les, added: “This is excellent news for the future of the Catterick community and will be welcomed by all those living and working in the area. These ambitious proposals are set to benefit everyone living and working in communities around the garrison, as well as the service personnel and their families who are stationed at Catterick and who play a vital role in the life of our county.”

Director of Basing and Infrastructure, Major General Richard Clements, CBE said: I am delighted that the bid for Levelling Up funds has been successful. Catterick is an important Garrison for the British Army and we look forward to working with our partners over the coming years to deliver the infrastructure necessary to provide improved facilities and services that will benefit our military colleagues and the wider Catterick community.”

The plans include:

  • a new town square
  • landscaping improvements – including upgrading Coronation Park and Shute Road by providing enhanced play/ active spaces and enhanced accessibility routes linking into the existing town centre
  • enhance key footpaths and cycle ways through Coronation Park and on the approach to the town centre
  • a new community and enterprise facility with glass pavilion and outdoor seating area

The Levelling Up Bid develops feasibility work that was jointly funded by the district council, MOD and the North Yorkshire and York Local Enterprise Partnership – and is also linked to the Catterick Garrison Masterplan that has been developed through the Richmondshire Local Plan Review.

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