Councillor hits out at ‘scare tactics’

Coun Ray Wells
Coun Ray Wells

A COUNCILLOR has hit out at “scaremongering” after claims that residents are being told false information about a major planning strategy.

Hartlepool Borough Council is developing a new planning blueprint, called a Core Strategy, which will lay down the main planning framework for the borough for the next 15 years.

It will include details of how Hartlepool is expected to develop, what kind of changes will be needed to make this happen and how they will be brought about.

But Conservative councillor Ray Wells said people living in the Park ward are being wrongly informed by other residents that 400 homes are to be built at Quarry Farm.

There were proposals to build 350 houses in the original Core Strategy document but that was scaled down to 50 in the revised document, which is currently out for consultation.

Coun Wells said: “There is a group of people going round the Park Ward knocking on doors and telling people that the proposal is to build 400 new houses at Quarry Farm.

“That is simply not true and I have received dozens of calls from worried residents as a result of this scaremongering.

“I also want to reassure people that their opinions do count and I would urge people to have their say by submitting representations to the consultation.

“It is especially important that people who commented on the original strategy proposals resubmit their comments to the core strategy team.

“This is because their original comments are not being considered in the revised document.”

Coun Wells is also urging people to have their say at a ward surgery on Saturday, January 29, between 10am and 11am, at the Place in the Park cafe, in Ward Jackson Park.

Fellow Conservative ward councillor George Morris will be there alongside a council planning officer to discuss the strategy, which includes plans to build houses at Tunstall Farm.

Key areas of the draft Core Strategy include the expansion of the town to the west and south-west for new housing, with new road access northwards off the A689 and a small expansion of the executive housing at Wynyard.

There are various ways in which people can have their say:

People can view and leave comments on the draft core strategy document at the civic centre and all Hartlepool’s libraries and online at http://planningpolicy.hartlepool.gov.uk

Comments can also be e-mailed to planningpolicy@hartlepool.gov.uk or sent in writing to the Planning Policy Team, Hartlepool Council, Bryan Hanson House, Hanson Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7BT.

If people would like a member of the planning policy team to talk about the core strategy at any meeting which they can organise, call (01429) 523532.

All comments must be received by Friday, February 11.