Have your say on Tanfield Road homes plan

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RESIDENTS are being consulted about plans to build dozens of new homes on former council land.

Developers Gleeson Homes are looking to build the new housing estate on the former Hartlepool Borough Council depot in Tanfield Road, next to Stranton Cemetery.

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Letters have been sent to residents before a planning application being submitted later this summer for the site, which is expected to have around 48 new homes.

Sunderland-based Gleeson Homes is proposing to develop the site into a range of “traditional” two-storey semi -detached and detached houses of two, three and four bedrooms.

A letter to residents said: “All proposed properties will have at least two off-street parking bays and built to the latest energy efficiency and building regulation standards.

“Access to the site will be taken from Tanfield Road.”

Developers say they want to get the views of residents living in the surrounding streets before a formal application is submitted to the council’s planners.

That is expected to be done in July.

Ed Alder, regional director of Gleeson Homes, said: “We are inviting the local community to give us their comments and views.

“The council marketed the land for a residential development and we were successful in the bidding process.”

In recent years, the three-acre Tanfield Road site has been put to various uses, including plant cultivation for the nursery and parks, storage for vehicles and equipment and parking for graveyard and parks and countryside staff.

There are a number of buildings on the land, including greenhouses, and other buildings are either old or in poor condition.

Dave Stubbs, the council’s director of regeneration and neighbourhoods, previously said the condition of the Tanfield Road site was “deplorable” and would cost around £100,000 to bring it up to scratch.

As part of wider plans, the local authority brought the long lease of the former Focus DIY unit, in Lynn Street, to rehouse the depot there.

The Lynn Street unit has not been used by Focus since 2006, although it has been occupied recently by a charity, Computers for Africa.

Hartlepool Borough Council owned the land surrounding it and it is being combined with the current Lynn Street depot to create a larger mixed use development.

Meanwhile, the retail side of Tanfield Nursery, on the other side of Tanfield Road, is being expanded and improved with a new cafe set to open this year in Stranton Cemetery Lodge.

It is expected to open in August and will help safeguard four jobs at the adjacent nursery site and also create four part-time jobs.