Land sale will pave way for regeneration of rundown area of Hartlepool

Carr Street, off Hart Lane in Hartlepool.
Carr Street, off Hart Lane in Hartlepool.

A run-down area of Hartlepool is set to be redeveloped after the council agreed to sell the land to a developer.

The authority agreed to dispose of 1.8 hectares of land which includes 200 terraced houses in the Carr and Hopps Street area.

Most of the properties are empty and boarded up after being previously acquired by the council.

The proposed sale was agreed by the council’s Finance and Policy Committee but the name of the developer and sale price is confidential.

The authority says the area off Hart Lane is the last area in town requiring regeneration and redevelopment of a 15-year Housing Market Renewal programme.

It also encompasses Jobson Street, Rodney Street, Richardson Street, Hawkridge Street and Blake Street.

Denise Ogden, Director of Regeneration and Neighbourhoods, said in a report: “The schemes have delivered multimillion-pound new build investment and successfully attracted owner occupiers back to the central area of town.

“To date, approximately 1,200 properties have been demolished and over 500 new homes constructed on HMR sites in central Hartlepool.”

The council took over responsibility of the Carr/Hopps Street scheme after the end of the New Deal for Communities programme in 2010.

To date, all but 14 of the properties on site have been acquired by the council.

The site was recently offered to developers by an open tender and a number of responses were received.

The report stated the terms of the sale are considered to reflect the market value of the site.

The papers added: “The scheme proposed is considered the most innovative, practical and economic. However, the viability is subject to further testing and, as such, it is proposed to grant a four-month exclusivity period to the developer in which site investigation work will be undertaken to establish detailed development costs.

“In order to facilitate the work the developer has requested the council contribute towards these costs.”

It added: “The successful regeneration of the site should result in considerable improvements in the potential for reduction in crime disorder and antisocial behaviour in the area, due to improved design layout and standard of housing and repopulation with residents who have made a positive choice to live there.”

Proposals for a selective demolition programme were agreed by the council last year but no demolition has taken place yet.

Carr Street was used by filmmakers in 2012 when cop movie Harrigan starring Stephen Tompkinson was filmed there.