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Plans for 2,700 new homes in Hartlepool expected to be submitted in June

(left to right) Robert Smith, Gillian Smith Michael Ward, councillor Alison Lilley, Joan Smith and councillor Geoff Lilley at the site of the new housing estate

(left to right) Robert Smith, Gillian Smith Michael Ward, councillor Alison Lilley, Joan Smith and councillor Geoff Lilley at the site of the new housing estate

DEVELOPERS say plans for a major new housing estate in Hartlepool are expected to be submitted in June.

Persimmon Homes has taken over Yuill Homes’s interest as lead developer for new houses on the South West extension, which could see anywhere up to 2,780 new houses built.

The estate would also include a primary school as well as a small shopping parade, and would be accessed from two main roads, the A689 and Brierton Lane.

Peter Jordan, Persimmon’s divisional strategic land director, outlined the plans at a pre-application developer forum, hosted by Hartlepool Borough Council. It was a chance for councillors and other interested parties to raise any issues ahead of the formal application, expected to be submitted by the end of June.

Labour councillor Marjorie James and Putting Hartlepool First councillor Geoff Lilley raised concerns around drainage and access, while Coun Alison Lilley also questioned the plans for the green wedge.

Mr Jordan said: “We want to put our money where our mouths are and deliver the best possible site.”

The land, adjacent to the Fens and Owton Manor areas, was previously earmarked for around 2,500 homes and was part of the council’s Local Plan blueprint, which was scrapped. Fens and Greatham residents have previously raised concerns about the scale of the development.

Mr Jordan said the final figure of houses could be less, once further work has been carried out.

Afterwards he said: “I didn’t hear anything that this development shouldn’t come forward.

“But it is clear we need to work with the communities in order to get to the next stage.”

 

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