RESIDENTS’ groups say more than 2,000 new homes needed in Hartlepool should be built within the town instead of expanding into the countryside.
They say there are enough potential sites within Hartlepool’s urban area to meet most, if not all housing demand for the next 15 years.
Residents’ associations of the Fens, Greatham and Park area as well as Hartlepool Civic Society have joined forces to comment on Hartlepool Borough Council’s new Local Plan.
Fields to the west of Hartlepool had been earmarked for major housing developments under the previous local plan which was scrapped last year.
The residents’ groups have held talks with council planning officers, and accept its forecast for 2,400 homes in 15 years.
A joint spokesman for the residents said: “It is now a question of where these 2,400 homes, or perhaps less with the passage of time, are located.
“Hartlepool’s central area has been in need of regeneration for many years.
“Although this process is underway, with good examples of what can be achieved, there are still sufficient potential sites within the urban area to accommodate most, if not all, of this demand.”
The residents say affordable homes should be built close to services while urban sprawl into the countryside is “simply unacceptable”.
They say it will increase flood risk and put pressure on roads.
The Local Plan’s Issues and Options document is available to see at Hartlepool Civic Centre, on the council website and at libraries.
People have until Friday, July 18 to comment.