A blueprint for future of the town

A PROPOSED new blueprint which will lay down the main planning framework for Hartlepool for the next 15 years will be discussed later this month.

The Core Strategy, which is a draft document that includes details of how Hartlepool is expected to develop, what kind of changes will be needed to make this happen and how they will be brought about will be discussed by Hartlepool Borough Council’s cabinet on Monday, September 26.

Key areas of the draft strategy include the expansion of the town to the south-west for a major new residential neighbourhood, small sites for executive housing at Tunstall Farm and Quarry Farm and an expansion of the executive housing at Wynyard.

The draft also includes policies to support the development of the town centre and promote economic regeneration, reserves a site for a potential new nuclear power station and contains measures to extend and improve the large green open spaces which lead from the countryside into the town.

More than 1,200 responses were received by the council during its last phase of public consultation on the document earlier this year and those responses will be considered by the cabinet.

The responses covered a wide range of topics, but those which generated the most interest were the potential new housing areas.

Bosses say there was a large number of objections to the Quarry Farm site, the proposed south-west expansion and the Tunstall Farm proposal.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond said: “I would like to thank people once again for taking the time to give us their views – we had an excellent response to the consultation.

“The Core Strategy will play a key part in the future development of our town and the cabinet will give the results of the consultation its very fullest consideration.”

Once the cabinet has considered the draft strategy and the consultation results, a final version of the strategy will be prepared.

This will then be submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, who will appoint a Government planning inspector who will hold a public examination of the strategy.

It will take place in Hartlepool next year and will assess the suitability of the plan before the strategy is allowed to be adopted by the council.

The cabinet meeting on September 26 will take place at 9.15am in Hartlepool Civic Centre and members of the public are welcome to watch the proceedings.