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Council draws up eco village plan

Plans for an "eco village" in a Teesside town have been drawn up in a bid to attract newcomers and persuade existing residents to stay.

Redcar and Cleveland Council also hopes the proposed scheme for South Bank would lead to similar developments around the area.

It would consist of 12 new homes, all built to a high environmental standard.

Twenty existing terraced homes would also be refurbished to provide energy efficient accommodation.

Councillor Lynn Pallister, cabinet member for housing and neighbourhood renewal, said: "We know from our consultation that there is a need for new housing investment in South Bank and we also know we need to attract newcomers and allow existing residents to stay.

"This scheme will allow us to offer a choice to residents and perceptions of the area can start to be changed.

"This will set the groundwork for future change in South Bank, so badly needed if the community is to survive and prosper."

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