The huge scheme, led by Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen (pictured left), would see more than 430 acres of land alongside the River Tees remediated and developed into a world-class manufacturing zone that could welcome its first tenants as soon as 2022.
The construction phase of the development would create 1,000 construction jobs during its eight-year build, with 9,000 more in permanent roles when complete, significantly boosting the regional economy for the long-term.
The transformational plans come just three months after Mayor Houchen succeeded in his bid to secure the former SSI steelworks through a compulsory purchase order.
Mr Ben Houchen said: “This is the biggest planning application in the North of England. We have worked tirelessly to take ownership of this site to allow us to get on with my plan for jobs, creating good quality high skilled local jobs for local workers.
“This planning application represents a huge step forward in reaching this goal and represents a modest portion of the site, while creating many thousands of jobs, which shows why this site is so important – not just to Redcar and Cleveland but to the future success of our whole region.