Hartlepool in line for ambitious ‘village’ development to aid elderly and armed forces veterans

Land to the rear of Seaton Lane, which has been earmarked for a new development.

Land to the rear of Seaton Lane, which has been earmarked for a new development.

MAJOR plans to create an innovative ‘village’ community in Hartlepool have been submitted in a move which could create 120 jobs.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning department has received plans from Jersey-based Brenda Road Holdings for a development known as SECAAH Village, which stands for Seaton Carew Amenities And Housing.

The outline plans are to demolish existing buildings on the site off Brenda Road to create a “sustainable low cost village” providing care for older people and armed forces veterans, low cost starter homes and community facilities.

The area of land is bounded to the north by Seaton Lane - where there is already a housing estate - to the west by Brenda Road and to the east by the railway track.

Ambitious outline plans include:

• Demolition of existing buildings on the site;

• Building a 70-bed residential care home;

• 200 apartments with 24-hour care for people aged 55 and over;

• 80 homes for armed forces veterans and a further 80 affordable homes, plus 200 apartments.

If the plans are approved, it will also include a community centre with spaces for group classes, large car park, workshops and gatherings, a creche/nursery, doctor’s surgery, shops, cafe, business units, office units, workshops, storage facilities, a bandstand and even a lake.

A design statement by the developers said: “By combining houses for older people with low cost homes aimed at families, key workers and armed service veterans SECAAH Village aims to create a shared community with a strong sense of integration between all the residents.

“A truly mixed community brings several benefits including improved welfare through the sharing of services and better security.

“On site support and training services offer occupants the reassurance of living within a supportive community while being able to make a valuable contribution to the community themselves.

“SECAAH Village aims to create a community which combines housing designed for the needs of older people with homes for armed services veterans, family homes and low cost one and two bed apartments.

“The development will include a 70 unit residential care home and 200 ‘Close Care Homes’ for the over 55s.

‘Close Care Homes’ are private homes with varying levels of support available.”

Over the past week public consultation letters have been sent out to neighbouring properties that back on to the development site from Chris Pipe, the council’s planning services manager.

It read: “The proposal is an outline application for the demolition of buildings on the site and creation of a sustainable low cost village providing care for older people and armed forces veterans, low cost starter homes, community facilities and bandstand.”

The plans have been submitted to the planning team within the local authority and a decision is expected to be taken in September, this year, for the outline application.

Developers say if it goes ahead there could be around 120 jobs created including 30 jobs within the studio care homes, 20 members of support staff, 10 jobs in the child care centres and 25 jobs in workshop training.




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