Plans to build dozens of houses near Hartlepool school

Junction of Coniscliffe Road and Duchy Road, Hartlepool where there is a planning application to build houses on land close to West Park Primary School.
Junction of Coniscliffe Road and Duchy Road, Hartlepool where there is a planning application to build houses on land close to West Park Primary School.

Councillors are due to consider plans for a new housing development in Hartlepool.

Tunstall Homes Ltd is seeking permission for 39 properties and a new car park and drop off point off near West Park Primary School off Coniscliffe Road.

The development is being recommended for approval by council officers and a decision is due to be made by Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

But it has prompted 64 letters of objections from neighbours and concerns from both Elwick and Hart parish councils.

Objectors claim the extra traffic generated by the development would make existing congestion problems in the area even worse.

They add the new car park point would create a bottleneck, argue there are enough existing houses on the market and would lead to a loss of privacy for current residents.

The houses are proposed to be built on land to the west of Coniscliffe Road which a report says would be extended centrally through the site to provide access.

Council papers state: “The proposed car park is intended to serve the adjacent primary school with a pedestrian crossing point across Duchy Road from the car park to the school entrance.”

It adds: “The proposed dwellings are made up of six different house types, consisting of four and five bed dwellings, a number of which are served by detached double garages.”

The applicant has indicated that they will enter into a legal agreement to make contributions including £125,000 for primary education, £9,750 towards green infrastructure, sports and play and £47,880 towards affordable housing on other sites.

The land is outside the established urban limits the plan ought to be approved say planners.

But the report states: “In light of the lack of a five year housing land supply, the Local Planning Authority’s policies for the supply of housing cannot be considered as up-to-date.”

The meeting takes place in the Civic Centre on Wednesday and starts at 10am.