A £30m plan to regenerate a housing estate has been given the go-ahead.
Stockton Council asked hundreds of residents what they thought about the scheme, and 73% were in favour of it.
The regeneration, to include a £3m new primary school, has proved controversial as it would mean compulsory purchase orders.
But at meeting of the council's cabinet on Thursday the scheme, which would include a retirement village, was backed and work could begin in 2006.
Sharon Lonnergan, project manager, welcomed the news and said work had already begun on a £15m upgrade of existing homes.
'Not everyone agrees'
She said: "It is our key priority to create a fantastic place for people to live in with quality housing and a state-of-the-art primary school - we want to give people the community they deserve.
"We also want to raise the profile of the area, change perceptions and make it an area where people choose to live."
But she added: "Hardwick is a large estate with 2,400 householders and obviously not everyone agrees with the proposals, but we are already working with these people to try and come up with solutions."
The redevelopment affects the centre of the estate which has already been partially cleared and includes new homes.
It also means council officials will have the power to prepare compulsory purchases orders for homes.
The plans will be developed by the council, along with Endeavour Housing Association, Tees Valley Housing Association and private house builders.