Call to have your say on homes plan

PEOPLE are being urged to respond to major housing proposals before the deadline.

The Fens Residents’ Association will submit a group response to Hartlepool Borough Council’s Core Strategy planning blueprint which is currently out to consultation.

It is reminding people to make their views known even if they have responded in earlier rounds of consultation.

A meeting organised by the residents association on Tuesday, February 28, will be the last public chance for people to have their say before the Core Strategy is sent to the Government for approval.

It will be held at Fens Primary School, Mowbray Road, Hartlepool, at 7pm, and is due to be attended by Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond, planning officers and a representative from Yuill developers.

The blueprint includes proposals to create almost 2,500 homes in a south-western extension from the A689 to Brierton Lane.

But the residents association claims the plans are totally inappropriate in terms of size, location and predict traffic and flooding risks.

Association vice-chairman Robert Smith said: “This is not nimbyism. If there was an obvious need for this volume of new private housing and it could be provided without nightmare traffic scenarios and flooding concerns, then we would not be objecting.

“The town does have an undisputed requirement for more affordable social housing but this can be accommodated within the present urban fence in more sustainable locations.

“We believe that a lot of residents in places like the Fens, Owton Manor and Greatham have not yet realised how negatively they will be affected in terms of property values and traffic congestion if these plans come to fruition.”

The association has been working with planners to minimise the impact of any development.

Mr Smith added: “We need as many people as possible to come to our public meeting, hear what the mayor, planners and the developer have to say, and then get their comments in before the deadline of March 26.

“Provided that there is a generally common view amongst residents we can submit a group response on one form, so long as all parties have provided a signature and address to go with it.”

Comments will be sent to the Secretary of State along with the council’s final Core Strategy document.

A planning inspector will consider the plan and hold a public examination to look at the issues.

To be part of the group response contact Mr Smith on (01429) 870613.