South Tyneside and Sunderland City Councils are celebrating after being shortlisted for a prestigious planning award.
The councils' joint Area Action Plan (AAP) for the International Advanced Manufacturing Park is through to the final of the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) North East Awards for Planning Excellence.
The AAP, which covers an area of 150 hectares, is the 'blueprint' for the IAMP and sets out the broad planning framework and land use policies for the next 15 years.
It was adopted by both councils last November and will form part of their statutory Local Plans.
Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: " The Area Action Plan for the IAMP sets out clearly both councils' ambitions for a truly world class environment for the country's most innovative and productive advanced manufacturing companies that will have a major impact on the local and regional economy.
"The AAP is the high level masterplan that controls the timing and quality of future development and is crucial to the successful delivery of the IAMP.
"We're delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious industry award which highlights the strong partnership that exists between South Tyneside and Sunderland in this game-changing project."
Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Graeme Miller said: "National recognition for our plans helps demonstrate the scope, ambition and quality of what we are putting forward.
"Working in partnership with South Tyneside Council we are striving to create and support a business and investment environment in which the advanced manufacturing sector can thrive.
"The success of the IAMP, at the centre of this vision, would bring economic benefits regionally, nationally and globally and we thank the RTPI for appreciating the significance of what we are trying to achieve in shortlisting us for this award."
Both councils had to complete extensive consultation on the plans and it was subject to an independent examination in public by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State.
Designated as a scheme of 'national significance', the IAMP is being built on land north of Nissan, on the Sunderland - South Tyneside border. Over the next 10 to 15 years, the park will support more than £400m of private sector investment, creating more than 7,000 jobs.
The winners will be announced at the RTPI's finalists' Awards Dinner in Newcastle on 26 October 2018.