Developer must pay £167,000 for new housing permission

Wynyard from the air.

Wynyard from the air.

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Planning councillors have accepted developer contributions totalling £167,000 as part of permission being granted.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee was minded to approve outline permission for a 15-home development, north of Wynyard Park, in August.

But it was subject to coming to an agreement with developer Wynyard Park Land Ltd over contributions and how it was going to mitigate the impact to the local environment.

Proposed contributions by the developer have now been accepted by the council.

They include £120,000 to help provide affordable housing elsewhere in the borough and £36,615 to boost secondary education places.

And contributions of £3,750 each will be given towards boosting the area’s greenery, play facilities and sport facilities.

Regarding mitigating against loss to the ecology of the area as a result of the development, the applicant proposes to provide planting and diverse grassland along the southern edge of the site by the end of 2018.

Two wetland areas to provide a habitat for wildlife will also be created between the development and Swart Hole Plantation.

And native scrub planting will also be provided along the western edge of the Swart Hole Plantation by the end of March next year.

The 15 houses are the first of a two-phase Manorside development comprising a total of 27 new homes in an area just over 10 acres in size. The measures will be included in a Section 106 legal agreement.