A £155m plan for 600 new homes on a business park could create hundreds of jobs, say developers.
Wynyard Park Ltd plans to create a new housing development on its 700-acre site off the A689, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.
The developer has submitted an application to Hartlepool Borough Council this week to build 600 homes and supporting infrastructure on the west side of the site, and it comes after announcing plans for 168 homes on the site late last year.
The latest application has requested a change in use to residential to complement its existing business permissions on site, enabling Wynyard Park to develop its masterplan for a high quality, mixed-use sustainable community which brings business, lifestyle and leisure facilities together in one location.
The development is part of a wider masterplan to create a high quality and sustainable mixed-use community, which would offer a wide range of leisure facilities in landscaped surroundings.
Wynyard Park’s aim is to create a unique lifestyle focused community for residents, with woodland and nature trails, lakes and cycle paths sitting comfortably with businesses on site and which would make an ideal village setting for families.
Future plans to support the business and residential community include a primary school, a community hall and a pub.
The business park owners believe the £155m plan for executive residential housing will significantly benefit Hartlepool’s local economy through the creation of hundreds of construction jobs on site and the additional revenue of £1.5m generated from council tax.
Chris Musgrave, chief executive of Wynyard Park Ltd, said: “If successful, this development will be the start of progressive action within the control of Hartlepool Borough Council and could bring real tangible benefits to the council and the town as a whole.
“This is an exciting time for Wynyard Park with work starting on site in the next couple of months and this application is a continuation of the masterplan.
“As one of the most successful business parks in the north of England, we are keen to build on this success and further develop the site so we can continue to attract major businesses and investment to the park.
“The housing development and subsequent infrastructure would help to achieve this and deliver a vital economic boost to the local area and indeed the region.”
The development would also open up land on site for further employment uses, with the additional roads and services needed to support the infrastructure of the housing development considerably enhancing accessibility in the local area.
Wynyard Park Ltd stresses that with the proposed improvements to the A689 and A19, the impact of additional traffic around the site will be reduced, compared against traffic generated from the existing permissions.
Other plans for the site include a £300m new hospital planned for 2017 to be run by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to replace the hospitals in Hartlepool and Stockton.
The bidding process for the building contract is now underway, with the trust looking to appoint the developers in 2014.