Green light for new Throston homes

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PLANS to build 17 new houses on the site of a former care home have been approved by councillors.

The mix of three and four-bedroom houses will be built on council-owned land in Monmouth Grove, in the Throston Grange area of town, after Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee backed plans.

Developer Ben Bailey Homes is expected to start construction work in June and they could be ready for new tenants within 18 months.

The houses would be built within a cul-de-sac on the site of the former Throston Grange Court care home.

There will be gardens, landscaping, off-street parking and a garage for every house.

Councillors sitting on the local authority’s planning committee approved the plans for the brownfield site, which is currently empty after the buildings were demolished.

Ahead of the meeting there was one letter of objection to the plans for the site, which is currently overgrown with trees and bushes.

Council policy dictates that 10 per cent of the development, in this case two houses, must be for affordable housing.

So Ben Bailey Homes has agreed to build five affordable houses on land to the rear of St Mark’s Church and Community Centre, in Clavering Road.

The two sites will be bound together in a legal contract and the affordable houses will be managed by which will be managed by Endeavour Housing Association.

Councillors approved plans for the Clavering Road site, which include four two-storey houses and one bungalow, at the same meeting.

Barrie Westbrook, group head of new business at Endeavour, said: “We are very pleased to get the backing of the council and for their help in putting this together.

“We expect both sites to be complete within 18 months.”

Concerns had been raised ahead of the meeting about the loss of a children’s play area, traffic concerns plus extra noise and disturbance.

A report to councillors said: “The site is owned by Hartlepool Borough Council. It is intended that the site be developed for 100 per cent affordable housing.

“Ben Bailey Homes is the applicant and will enter into an agreement with the council and Endeavour Housing Association to build the affordable units.”

Officers say the properties will be a modern design and be similar to other housing estates.

Access to the houses will be from a private road to the north of the site.