A BUILDING firm has taken over from Yuill as the leading developer of a major housing extension in Hartlepool.
Persimmon Homes has taken over Yuill Homes’s interest in the South West Extension after Yuill went into administration last week.
The new developer says it intends to lodge the first planning applications for the site by the summer.
That is despite Hartlepool Borough Council scrapping its Local Plan blueprint, which was set to earmark the land next to the Fens and Owton Manor housing estates for around 2,500 homes.
One of the reasons was because of concerns from residents of the Fens and Greatham over the scale of the development and the need for so much housing.
Peter Jordan, divisional strategic land director at Persimmon Homes, said: “Persimmon have taken over Yuills’ interest in the site, but we remain in partnership with Yuill.
“We have had a lot of success in Hartlepool over the years with bringing major developments and housing to the town.”
He said: “We are intending to fully engage with the public and authorities as much as Yuills had been doing over the years.
“We intend to take all the good work they have undertaken, and move forward with it.
“It is our intention to prepare a planning application ready for about June or July time.
“At the moment, we are working with the council to understand everything we need to about the site.”
Referring to the implications of the council reviewing its Local Plan, Mr Jordan added: “Clearly, it would have been better if it had been adopted, but it was at the very last stage, and I think all the information and the fact that Hartlepool needs the site in order to deliver its key housing is undeniable.”