WORK is well under way on a new housing estate next to a town cemetery.
Developer Gleeson Homes has secured the site from Hartlepool Borough Council and is currently building 45 new houses on the site next to Stranton Cemetery, which is at the bottom of Tanfield Road.
The land used to house sheds, storage areas and greenhouses but was deemed surplus to requirements.
Now developers have cleared the site and building work on the site has started in recent weeks.
When it is complete the development will be know as Tanfield Gardens and consist of two, three and four-bedroom semi-detached and detached houses.
Five of the houses on the site will be affordable homes.
In recent years, the three-acre Tanfield Road site has been put to various uses, including plant cultivation for the nursery and parks, storage for vehicles and equipment and parking for graveyard and parks and countryside staff.
The original plan was for 47 houses, but that was reduced to 45 and remediation work also needed to be carried out due to contamination.
As a result, the Durham-based developer revised its original offer for the land and that was accepted by the council.
Independent councillor Paul Thompson, portfolio holder for finance and corporate services, accepted the confidential revised tender for the sale of the site under the previous governance arrangements.
Speaking in January, Coun Thompson said he had received numerous letters from residents of Tanfield Road raising their concerns about the housing plans but he said that was a planning matter.
Christine Douglas, sales manager for Gleeson Homes, has previously said: “We specialise in building affordable homes for local people and offer buyers a range of innovative, purchase enabling schemes to help get people onto the property ladder.”
There is a sales office at Tanfield Gardens which is already open.