The first businesses could finally be up and running by this time next year on a business park plot which has stood empty since work first began a decade ago.

And it is hoped the site could mirror the success of the neighbouring Spectrum Business Park, located just a mile away in Seaham (pictured).

Work on Jade Business Park, behind Dalton Park in Murton, began in 2007 and was finished in 2011 with the completion of what was then known as the East Durham Link Road.

Now, after a number of false starts, the new team behind it says environmental studies have been finished and now plan to carry out further investigations to confirm there are good ground conditions.

This will mean work can then begin on constructing any buildings for businesses which sign up to move in without delay.

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