COUNCILLORS have agreed plans to buy a derelict retail unit for a seven-figure sum after a heated meeting over the financial risks involved.
Jacksons Landing, on Hartlepool Marina, has been empty since July 2004.
But now Hartlepool Borough Council has agreed controversial plans to buy the five-acre site after a lengthy meeting on Thursday night.
Members in support said they wanted to do it in order to secure the site to be redeveloped amid fears a developer could buy it and not do anything for another decade.
But others raised concerns that there is no “specific use” identified for the premises yet amid fears the council would not be able to sell the land on.
Four councillors who opposed the deal were eventually outvoted.
The confidential price is understood to be seven figures but lower than the rumoured £2m cost.
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