Tees Valley

Tees Valley is a combined authority area in the north of England around the River Tees. The combined authority was established in 2016, after public consultation in 2015. The area is not a geographical valley.[1]

Tees Valley
Coordinates: 54.605°N 1.257°W / 54.605; -1.257
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
RegionNorth East England
CountiesCounty Durham (North Tees)
North Yorkshire (South Tees)
Established2011 (as a Local enterprise partnership)
Administrative HQThornaby
(Cavendish House)
  TypeCombined authority
Local enterprise partnership
  BodyTees Valley Combined Authority
Tees Valley Unlimited
  MayorBen Houchen, (Conservative)
  Total306.93 sq mi (794.95 km2)
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Density2,300/sq mi (880/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)

Administrating the area is the Tees Valley Combined Authority, consisting of a mayor and six selected chairs, local enterprise partnership chair and each unitary authority.

The area covers five boroughs: Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees. Middlesbrough is the smallest of the five at only 20.8 square miles and a population of 138,400. Stockton-on-Tees borough is the largest with a population of 194,000.

Before the region, from 1968 until 1974, parts had been under the County Borough of Teesside authority. This was replaced by Cleveland county, it consisted of four districts which become unitary authorities after the county was abolished in 1996. The Darlington district in the Durham county council area became a unitary authority in 1997.