HOSPITAL chiefs are seeking planning permission to allow up to 100 homes to be built near Hartlepool’s hospital.
The North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has lodged a planning application with Hartlepool Borough Council.
The hospital trust won outline approval for the housing on surplus land near the University Hospital of Hartlepool in Holdforth Road three years ago.
But the permission is due to lapse as no development has started on the land since then.
The trust says it has no plans to build on the site but the permission will make it easier to market.
Peter Mitchell, the trust’s associate director of estates and facilities, said: “A few years ago we cleared the south end of the Hartlepool site with a view to selling it and improving the look of it.
“The trust was granted planning consent three years ago for 100 units to be built on some of this surplus land.
“The trust have recently asked our property advisors DTZ to apply to extend the original application. If an extension is granted it will last for a further three years.
“We will not be building on this land ourselves but we believe having outline planning permission for residential use will protect the site and make it more attractive for developers.”
The permission is for land to the east of the hospital and west of Wells Avenue.
People have until Friday, October 25 to comment on the application.