PLANS to build 100 new houses on part of the University Hospital of Hartlepool site have been backed again by councillors.
Bosses at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust had originally given permission for the houses on the east of the Holdforth Road site four years ago.
Approval was granted in 2010, but members of Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee met again yesterday to discuss the plan.
The trust was looking for permission to extend the time for it to start, given that it was originally granted back in September 2010.
The plans were agreed by the committee at a meeting held yesterday at the Civic Centre, the meeting was chaired by Labour councillor Rob Cook.
The housing plans were agreed subject to entering into a Section 106 agreement to secure £280,000 in financial contributions towards green infrastructure, play and built sports facilities, highway improvements and educational facilities.
At this stage the granted proposal is just for outline permission. A planning report said the application for two and three-bedroom houses was going to the committee because there had been nine objections.
Concerns raised included that “Hartlepool needs a hospital and not more housing,” and fears it would lead to traffic congestion and queries about the consultation process. But committee members approved the plans.
A report said: “The original permission was for outline planning permission for residential development, comprising 100 units with all matters reserved at land at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
“The reserved matters include access, landscaping, appearance, layout and scale. The purpose of this outline planning application is to establish the principle of the proposed development.”
The site is bounded in part by operational hospital buildings.