Plans for new 1,200-home community with school, shops and health centre in Hartlepool

Farmland to the southwest of Newark Road, near Greatham Beck - the site of a possible major development.
Farmland to the southwest of Newark Road, near Greatham Beck - the site of a possible major development.
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PLANS have been submitted for a huge new community that includes more than 1,000 homes and facilities including a new school and health centre.

Persimmon Homes has submitted plans that would see the creation of up to 1,260 new homes in a South West Extension of the town.

The development also includes plans for a new primary school, medical centre, shops, pub, play spaces and new roads.

If approved, the development would see up to nine years of building work.

The site near the Fens and Brierton communities had previously been earmarked for up to 2,750 homes in Hartlepool Borough Council’s Local Plan, which was scrapped.

But the numbers have been dramatically reduced following highways concerns.

Agents for Persimmon Homes say the development will help meet Hartlepool’s significant need for housing.

Documents submitted with the application by planning consultants Spawforths say: “In addition to the known housing need, the borough has also persistently under delivered housing.

“The development of the Hartlepool South Western Extension would provide a unique opportunity to meet a significant element of this need over a number of years and into the future.

“It will also provide a comprehensive development in a sustainable location with a strength of opportunity to provide significant benefits such as affordable housing, education inward investment and a mix and choice of housing provision in the area.”

The application is in two parts – one for full permission of 144 homes on the perimeter of the site.

The other half is seeking permission in principle for up to 1,116 homes, the medical centre, school, pub and retail centre, on the remainder of the land.

Two separate access roads will be created off Brierton Lane and another off Stockton Road.

A sizeable area of green space is also included in the plans to act as a buffer for current residents, something the Fens Residents’ Association fought hard to get included with the previous developers Yuills.

Documents submitted with the council state a number of different house builders would be expected to carry out construction starting in 2015 with the first residents moving in later the same year.

But the development as a whole would not be expected to be completed until 2023.

Hundreds of nearby residents have already been contacted by the council and consultation will continue over coming weeks.

The Fens Residents’ Association is urging people to look at the plans and comment.

Association chairman Robert Smith said: “The spectre of the South West Extension has been looming over the Fens Estate and our neighbours at Greatham and Owton Manor for nearly five years now.

“Throughout that time at each stage of a very protracted consultation process, we have provided essential guidelines to the numerous residents who want to make their views known.

“We have a Fens newsletter coming out shortly, which includes useful information for those wishing to respond.”

Other information is on the association’s website at www.fensresidentsassociation.co.uk.

All of the plans are also available to view and comment on through the council’s website at www.hartlepool.gov.uk