Housing bosses plan relocation

HOUSING bosses are working closely with council chiefs to find new premises after permission was granted to knock down their headquarters and replace it with 25 homes.

Yuill Homes has been granted planning permission by Hartlepool Borough Council to demolish the head office in Loyalty Road and build a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses on the site.

Bosses are aiming to start work later this year and are currently working closely with council officers on a range of relocation options.

The scheme will see the creation of two, three and four-bedroom homes, including an affordable housing bungalow, designed in partnership with Housing Hartlepool.

Plans were recently approved by the council's planning committee after a site visit was held by councillors.

The new homes will be built on the space currently occupied by the head office, named after company founder Cecil Yuill, as bosses say the building has become "unsustainable".

David Mullins, managing director at Yuill Homes, said: "We are delighted that planning permission has been granted for us to build a number of new homes in Hartlepool.

"We have a number of award-winning sites throughout the North-East region and offer a fantastic product for house buyers, with Loyalty Road, we will be following the already successful Trinity Square and Court developments in the town.

"We took great care to work with the design requirements set down by planning and highway officers and approval means we can also look at exciting new options for Yuill Homes' head office.

"The current Cecil House building was originally built in the 1960s and we have come to a natural point where we are looking for more modern offices.

"We are working with the local council to endeavour to find new premises within our home town of Hartlepool and will consider options over the next few weeks, with our staff, many of whom live locally, being the first to know of the plans."

The planning committee first met in December to consider the plans, but the application was adjourned for a site visit.

It came after councillors raised concerns about the number of properties, water pressure, provision for a children's play area and highways issues.

There had been five letters of objection to the plans with self-employed plumber and gas fitter Peter Cartwright, 55, a dad-of-three who lives in nearby Burnaby Close, appearing in the Mail to raise concerns about the density and the drives for some of the houses being on the sharp bend of Loyalty Road.

Access to the rest of the properties will be from a new road, which is currently the entrance to Yuill's car park.

The site has had planning permission for homes to be built since 2005 but that permission expired in June last year.