New Liaison Group established to discuss major development plans at the historic Kirkleatham Estate

Published: 11th Sep 2017

A NEW council and community liaison group has been formed to discuss an on-going, major project to regenerate one of the region's most historic estates.

Residents and members of the council formed the Kirkleatham Walled Garden Liaison Group (KWGLG) to consider the £4.4 million plans for Kirkleatham Estate, near Redcar.

The Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council-led scheme includes creating a walled garden, events pavilion, catering academy and restaurant.
Planning permission was granted in July but Councillor Bob Norton, Cabinet member for Economic Growth, stressed that Kirkleatham residents, business and community leaders will continue to be regularly informed and kept up-to-date with developments.

He explained that new options to deal with traffic problems that may be exacerbated by future developments were being considered by the authority. News that traffic flow solutions were being actively examined by the council had been welcomed by the liaison group.
He said: "This is an exciting project that has huge potential for the entire borough. However, further to previous consultations, we are anxious that the people who live in Kirkleatham benefit and continue to be heard. We hope to engage and work with them for a long period to come and the new liaison group is an excellent way forward."

Money to develop the estate has already been received from the Coastal Communities Fund, and Heritage Lottery Fund. Substantial funding from the Tees Valley Combined Authority and further Heritage Lottery Funds are anticipated to be awarded in the near future.

The KWGLG, made up of villagers, residents of the estate's almshouses, the Sir William Turner Hospital Trust, land and business owners and other interested parties, met for the first time at Kirkleatham Museum yesterday.

Kirkleatham has 24 listed structures, including the museum, stables, walled garden, church and many others and attracts more than 100,000 visitors every year.

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