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Jobs Boost for Hattersley

Press Release: 03/07/2019

HATTERSLEY is all set for a major employment boost following Tameside Council’s approval of a high-tech hub.

The latest landmark development in the district, where more than £100 million has been invested since 2008, will see soil and groundwater-testing laboratory firm Envirolab creating at least 200 jobs.

Hattersley Science and Technology Park (HSTP) will occupy a 4,700 square metres (1.16-acres) site at Hattersley Industrial Estate.

Cllr Oliver Ryan, Tameside Council’s executive member for finance and growth, said: “This innovative development of the Hattersley Science and Technology Park will create around 200 jobs in a part of the borough which has benefited in recent years from significant investment and development. This is a vote of confidence in our borough and despite a varied national economic picture, Tameside is firmly open for business.

“This scheme builds on our wider strategy to deliver homes, retail, transport and jobs in Hattersley and across the borough. Our investment in digital and advanced skills through Vision Tameside will put our residents in a great position to take advantage of these new jobs.

“The new science park is exactly the sort of high-tech development we want to encourage as we continue to equip Tameside to be at the leading edge of advanced industry in the 21st century economy.”

HSTP is only that latest in a long line of developments in Hattersley which no longer bears any resemblance to the overspill estate built in the Sixties. The concrete tower blocks which once loomed over it are long gone.

Since 2006, Onward (formerly known as Peak Valley Housing Association) has spent £65 million on a major housing refurbishment programme and built 130 new homes at a cost of £13.3 million.

The ongoing strategy of making Hattersley a better place to live has led to Onward receiving a Neighbourhood Transformation Award. The broader mix of housing, coupled with sustainable community facilities, has attracted private investment and engaged the community.

What’s more, for the first time since it was built, Hattersley’s population is growing. There has been an 8 per cent increase since the regeneration project began in 2006.  Satisfaction levels among residents have also risen, from 70 per cent in 2008 to 89 per cent by 2014.

This approach to regenerating the estate has now been adopted as a best practice guide for housing estate regeneration.

Elsewhere, Barratt Homes has added 830 properties, and its last completed site in Hattersley was one of the fastest selling developments in the country. The spectacular hillside location sparked huge interest from buyers.

Hattersley Hub, which was completed in 2012, houses a library and community centre. A Tesco Extra store opened at the same time, creating 300 jobs for local people. A further retail development including a Lidl store is also planned.

Tameside Council has invested in education and Discovery Academy is one of only two entirely new primary schools to be built in the borough since its creation in 1974. Improvements to the railway station have resulted in a 30 per cent increase in usage.

Over the next 10 years, plans are in place to for further refurbishment work as well as more new homes and amenities.

The investment in Hattersley, and the improvements that have resulted from it, are all outlined in “The Hattersley and Mottram housing estate: An evaluation of its regeneration” a 2018 report commissioned by Onward from the University of Liverpool’s Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place.
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