DOZENS of new homes are set to be built on a plush housing estate after plans were unanimously backed.
Councillors welcomed plans by developers Persimmon Homes to build 159 houses on the Bishop Cuthbert estate in the Middle Warren area of Hartlepool.
The application to build houses on a plot of land known as Area 15 was passed by Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee.
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The development, on empty land to the east of Merlin Way, will be a mix of three and four-bedroom houses with “contemporary” designs according to planners.
Ahead of the meeting there had been three rounds of consultation and there were 11 letters of objection and a 53-name petition from residents of the nearby Hartfields Retirement Village.
Concerns centred around parking, increase in traffic, the design and impact on emergency vehicles accessing the Hartfields side as a result of increased congestion.
But despite those fears, councillors gave their support to the plans which included parking and landscaping proposals.
Chris Pipe, the council’s planning services manager, said: “The scheme originally proposed 162 dwellings, however, this has been reduced following revisions to the layout of the scheme.
“The scheme contains a mixture of 3 and 4 bedroom, two storey attached and detached homes.
“The size and design of the dwellings is broadly in keeping with the wider Middle Warren estate, however, in terms of appearance the dwellings are proposed to benefit from contemporary design.”
Plans were approved despite concerns from residents of Hartfields Retirement Village over traffic and congestion.
The new houses will be built on land opposite the retirement village and John Robson spoke at the meeting on behalf of concerned residents.
He said the planned entrance is “dangerous”.
The committee unanimously backed the plans, subject to minor alternations to the layout, with the final decision delegated to the planning services manager.
To the north of the site is the latest phase of housing which is currently under construction and to the east is more vacant land also earmarked for future phases of housing.
In March 1997 an outline planning application was approved to build houses on the Middle Warren site and as the estate has developed over the years a series of detailed plans have come forward, with this the latest one.