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Central Growth Zone

Central Growth Zone is at the very heart of Darlington's commercial offer, providing a high quality business environment which benefits from excellent transport connectivity along with close proximity to the town centre, academia and world leading research and training facilities.

Taking in the key developments of Central Park and Feethams, Central Growth Zone has assisted area status for the period 2014 - 2020 which means that businesses locating to assisted areas may be eligible for regional aid under European Commission state aid rules, which is typically offered as a capital investment:


  • The Central Park development is one of the North East's most exciting.  This prominent 74 acre high quality mixed use development sits within close proximity to Darlington Town Centre and Darlington Station.  It is home to Teesside University, Darlington College and C-STATE (the Centre for Subsea Technology Awareness, Training and Education, along with the £6.6m 'Business Central' and the £38m National Biologics Manufacturing Centre, which opened in 2015.  Download a copy of the Central Park Masterplan.  Key target sectors for the park include biologics/pharmaceutical research; digital and subsea.  Strategically, Central Park benefits from excellent access to major transport networks and a high quality labour pool, meaning the site is ideally located for business.  For more information about the Central Park Enterprise Zone please see below.  

  • The Feethams area is an exciting redevelopment of a prime town centre site which will create a £30m state of the art leisure complex for the town.  Featuring a nine screen multiplex cinema, an 80 bedroom hotel, there will also be a number of national and independent bars and restaurants making it a hub of leisure activity in the region.  A 650 space MSCP is currently under development.


For more information on development land availability and Darlington's Strategic Business Parks please visit the  Strategic Business Parks page.  Alternatively you can search our state of the art property database, which contains the most up to date listings of all properties within Darlington.  


acre site at Central Park benefiting from excellent access to major transport networks and a high quality labour pool


sq ft of development space available within 3 development plots at Feethams for office and leisure activities in the heart of Central Growth Zone

Central Park Enterprise Zone

Site Plans

Central Park is Darlington's only Tees Valley Enterprise Zone making the commercial quarter of this flagship mixed use regeneration site a business rate relief Enterprise Zone aimed at supporting and facilitating the emerging and fast growing digital sector.

If you would like to discuss development opportunities within the Central Park Enterprise Zone please contact us


Local Development Order

One of the conditions attached to the designation of an enterprise zone is that they offer simplified planning rules using Local Development Orders (LDO) as a means to simply the process.  Please click here for more information on Central Park's Enterprise Zone LDO [pdf document].

Business Rate Relief

Up to £55,000 per year for 5 years, totalling £275,000 (Local Authority Funded).  Please click here for more information on the Business Rate Relief Application Process and the Eligibility Criteria.