Neighbours invited to learn more about controversial 110-home housing development

The entrance to the site of Valley Drive where there are plans for 110 new houses
The entrance to the site of Valley Drive where there are plans for 110 new houses

Residents living near a controversial new 110 new home development are being invited to a meeting to find out more about what is in store.

Taylor Wimpey won outline planning permission for the scheme at Tunstall Farm, in West Park, Hartlepool, on appeal in May.

We always try to keep local communities informed

Taylor Wimpey

Now the developers are inviting local residents to an event they are holding in Ward Jackson Park next week to explain more about the development.

An invitation posted through doors in the area says: “Following the receipt of outline planning approval, we will soon be submitting an application for the provision of 110 new family homes on the area of land to the rear of Valley Drive, Hartlepool.

“We also always try to keep local communities informed as we prepare and then make our planning applications and would really welcome any comments that you may have at this planning stage.”

Hartlepool Borough Council originally refused planning permission last September over concerns the new development could worsen flooding problems in the wider area by putting more pressure on the drainage system and that flooding could prevent the new residents and emergency vehicles from accessing the site.

But the decision was overturned after Taylor Wimpey appealed to the Planning Inspectorate.

Inspector Isobel McCretton said the chances of flooding in Valley Drive would be reduced by the drainage improvements proposed by the developers as part of the scheme.

The event to meet the developers will be at The Place in the Park cafe, in Ward Jackson Park, on Wednesday from 4pm-7pm.