THE future of a former pub site could finally be decided this week.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee meets Wednesday to hear plans for the former Woodcutter pub site, in Kingsley Avenue. There are plans to demolish the pub and replace it with 14 new houses.
The application was on last month’s agenda but was withdrawn to allow further discussions to be carried out around highway issues.
The pub closed its doors for the final time in January this year when developers revealed plans for housing on the site. There has been six objections around the size of the proposed houses, safety of children crossing the road, and the over development of the area.
A report said: “Planning permission is sought for the erection of 14 houses on the site of the vacant public house. The houses would be two-and-a-half-storey three bed houses. They would be set out in four rows of terraces of three and one pair of semi-detached dwellings.”
Some plots would be accessed from Kingsley Avenue, while the others coming off Waverley Terrace.
The Mail reported in October that the pub was the latest to fall under the axe to make way for new development after speculation mounted early last year when Woodcutter manager Chris Farrow gave up his three-year tenancy.
The pub was granted a stay of execution and remained open throughout the festive period, while local residents had also planned to open their own pub on part of the site. It now looks set to be flattened, with plans recommended to be approved.
The development site includes the empty Woodcutter pub and car park which is next to the Rift House Recreation Ground, in Hartlepool.
The report added: “It is considered by officers that the proposal in the context of relevant planning policies and material planning considerations is acceptable.”
Councillors on the planning committee will meet Wednesday, August 6 at 10.30am in the Civic Centre, Victoria Road.