Executive housing plans axed

PROPOSALS to build dozens of executive houses on farmland have been removed from the planning blueprint.

Land at Tunstall Farm and Quarry Farm, both in Hartlepool, had been highlighted as part of a solution to the town’s housing demand for the next 15 years.

It was proposed to build 60 executive houses at Tunstall Farm and 50 at Quarry Farm. But hundreds of residents objected to the plans.

The plans for Quarry Farm alone received 1,000 objections.

Cabinet committee members, with the exception of Labour councillor Jonathan Brash, agreed to remove the two sites.

Mayor Drummond said that two sites near Wynyard should be the focus for executive housing, while he also wanted to see a mixed-use development, including executive housing, in the Claxton area.

Labour councillors Ged Hall, Robbie Payne, Peter Jackson and Pamela Hargreaves supported both sites being excluded.

Independent councillor Hilary Thompson also supported both sites being removed.

Coun Brash said he could see no reason why the objections to those two sites were any different to the concerns raised about the south west extension.

He was in favour of all the sites being included.

In response, Coun Hall said the difference was the threat to the “uniqueness” of the villages.

Residents living in Valley Drive and Hardwick Court, which are next to the Tunstall Farm land, have strongly lobbied against the plans.

Conservative group leader Ray Wells spoke at the meeting and hopes it drawurged the cabinet to remove the proposals.

Speaking afterwards he said: “I hope that this now draws a clear line in the sand and that these sites will not be considered again.”