Housing plans backed

MAJOR plans to build 168 new homes near a plush housing estate have been backed by councillors.

Developers Taylor Wimpey UK and Wynyard Park Ltd applied to Hartlepool Borough Council for permission to build the new homes on land at Wynyard, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.

Plans which included roads, footpaths and cycle paths were approved by the planning committee subject to a legal agreement involving a series of contributions from the developer.

The legal agreement is expected to secure a contribution of £1.2m towards off site affordable housing in the borough, a contribution of £42,000 towards improvements to public rights of way plus other commitments around public open space and play areas.

The new houses will be built on land to the north side of the A689, with the access road off the roundabout at the main entrance into Wynyard Village.

Documents given to the planning committee said the land is currently a mix of woodland, grassland and agricultural land and the plans show there will be a mix of detached and semi-detached houses and apartments, with all house plots having garages.

Outline planning permission is in place for land to the east of the housing site for the new £300m hospital, which would replace hospitals in Hartlepool and Stockton.

A report to councillors said: “The current application seeks full planning permission for the erection of 168 dwellings and permission for part of the highway network which will serve the housing development.

“It is anticipated that part of this highway will ultimately also serve the commercial and medical developments to the east.”

A council spokesman confirmed the planning committee was minded to approve the application, subject to the completion of a legal agreement and subject to final conditions being agreed by the council’s planning services manager under delegated powers.

Developers supported their application with various reports including a planning statement, various ecological surveys, a transport statement, travel plan and flood risk assessment.

Ahead of the meeting there had been 18 letters of objection, three letters of no objection and one letter of support.

Concerns raised centred around the size of the development, traffic congestion being made worse, a loss of green and woodland and a negative impact on residents through increased noise and traffic.

But the letter in support said it would bring much needed jobs and apprenticeships to the area.

The Mail reported last week how a £100m plan has been submitted to build up to 780 new homes and a 220 property retirement village in another area of Wynyard Park.

An outline planning application has been submitted to Stockton Borough Council on land to the north of Lion Court off the A689, and work could begin on site by the middle of next year if permission is granted.

Plans for the new hospital on the site are also forging ahead, with the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust proceeding with procurement.