PEOPLE will get their first chance to find out more about proposals for 2,000 new homes in Hartlepool.
Two public consultations will be held next week for the large residential development off Elwick Road which would also create a new western bypass for the town.
The project, earmarked on a 100-hectare site, also has visions for a range of community facilities such as shops, a GP surgery, care home, pub and creche.
Developers are also seeking planning permission for a 20-40 unit executive development on land off Consicliffe Road in the West Park area.
Developers behind the plans say they are being designed to meet Hartlepool’s housing demand and provide community facilities for the expected new residents.
Ruth Shepherd, consultation manager for the development, said: “The planning application will be submitted before the end of August, but this is the time to come to the consultations, have a chat with the project team, air any concerns and ask any questions you may have about the proposals.
“It’s important to us to hear from as many people as possible about the proposals, so would urge anyone who can to come along to one of the drop-in consultations and tell us what they think about the proposals and the project.
“We are committed to developing the land in a way which enhances, rather than detracts from the surrounding communities, so it’s really important that as many interested parties engage with the proposals and the team as possible.”
An early masterplan and outline of the proposals for the site at High Tunstall will go on show at Elwick Academy of Dance, Bathgate Terrace, off Elwick Road, on Monday, July 14, between 10am and 6.45pm.
There will be another drop-in consultation session on Tuesday, July 15, at Hartlepool Central Library’s cafe between 10am and 1pm.
Anyone unable to get to the sessions can see them online at www.resultscommunications.co.uk and clicking on the consultations page.
They will be available to see from 10am on Tuesday, July 15.
People can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01434) 689415 for help viewing them.
The development is the latest in a series of large new proposed housing schemes for Hartlepool.
Developer Persimmon is working on plans for up to 2,500 homes in a South Western Extension scheme.
And in March councillors backed plans to extend the plush Upper Warren housing estate by a further 500 homes in a £145m development.
Residents groups for the Park area, Greatham and Fens recently wrote to Hartlepool Borough Council to urge existing land in urban areas to be used for new housing instead of extending the town.