COUNCILLORS sitting on a planning committee will meet this week to discuss controversial plans to turn a park lodge into a private home.
A planning application by Hartlepool Borough Council for the former park keeper’s lodge at Ward Jackson Park was withdrawn at the eleventh hour at the last meeting of the planning committee on September 25.
More than 400 people have objected to the plans ahead of the meeting.
The council has previously confirmed the application was withdrawn temporarily to give the council more time to consider a number of issues relating to the application.
It is now due to be decided by the planing committee when it meets next on Wednesday.
Planning officers have recommended the plans be approved ahead of the committee meeting.
The council is looking to sell the building in order to boost its coffers.
But hundreds of people have objected to the plans and local groups say the lodge should remain part of the park.
The Friends of Ward Jackson Park group says the lodge was gifted to the town from property investors in memory of Ralph Ward Jackson and was not intended to be sold off.
The group has also raised safety concerns for pedestrians in the area as a new access for vehicles is included in the application.
The Lodge is a grade II listed building.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee will meet on Wednesday, at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road, at 10am.