Teesworks finds no illegality or corruption but criticises scheme

An independent inquiry into the North East’s largest regeneration scheme has found no corruption or illegality but has criticised governance and transparency at the project.
The Teesworks scheme, which has been led by Tees Valley’s Conservative mayor Ben Houchen, has been subject to an inquiry led by three senior local authority officers, which was ordered by Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove last year. The report has found no evidence of any allegations of illegality or corruption and has supported the mayor’s denials that land was sold to developers for as little as £1 an acre. It also backs his claims that the scheme …