Have your say on Hartlepool villages’ future

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK: Brian Walker, chair of the Rural Plan Working Group, with Deborah Donley and daughter Faith.
TELL US WHAT YOU THINK: Brian Walker, chair of the Rural Plan Working Group, with Deborah Donley and daughter Faith.
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Have your say

PEOPLE are being urged to have their say on a new plan that aims to keep Hartlepool’s villages special and guide any future developments.

A consultation exercise for the Hartlepool Rural Plan has been launched and project leaders are encouraging people to take part.

We really do want to represent the communities where we too live, so please do let us have your comments and call in to one of the consultation events.

Brian Walker, Hartlepool Rural Plan Working Group

It follows previous consultation exercises when residents said what they wanted to see in their area.

The Hartlepool Rural Plan is being drawn up by local people with the support of the parish councils of Dalton Piercy, Elwick, Greatham and Hart and Newton Bewley Parish Meeting.

The plan is working towards promoting appropriate development of a size and scale only if it enhances the local area and meets its housing needs.

Hundreds of people commented on what they wanted to see included in the plan last summer and a draft plan has been produced for further views.

Brian Walker, chair of Hartlepool Rural Plan Working Group, said: “This is the first draft of the 19 policies that we have come up with – it is very important that those living and having businesses in the rural area check these and let us know what they think. Have we got things right, if not, how could they be improved.

“We really do want to represent the communities where we too live so please do let us have your comments and call in to one of the consultation events.”

The area covers Hartlepool’s rural envelope including the large Rural West and Hart village wards.

People in those areas have been written to about the new round of consultation.

Also going out with the letter is a Housing Needs Survey which aims to find out what kinds of housing people would support in their area.

The Hartlepool was set up in March 2011 after the Localism Act gave communities the chance to shape how their area is developed.

If approved, it becomes a legal document that will help determine all future planning decisions for the next 10-15 years.

The upcoming consultation events are: Elwick WI Hall, Thursday May 14, 3pm-7pm; Quads 4 All Centre, Brierton, Tuesday, May 19, 5pm-7pm; Blue Bells Pub, Newton Bewley, Wednesday, May 20, 5pm-7pm; Greatham Community Centre, Monday, June 1, 3pm-7pm; Hart Village Hall, Tuesday, June 2, 3pm-7pm and Dalton Piercy Village Hall, Thursday, June 4, 3pm-7pm.

The draft plan and questionnaires are also available at www.hartlepool
ruralplan.co.uk

The closing date of the consultation exercise is Friday, July 3.