New homes plan for Hartlepool reservoir scaled back due to concerns

The North Reservoir, Throston. Picture by FRANK REID
The North Reservoir, Throston. Picture by FRANK REID
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The number of new homes planned on the site of a disused reservoir in Hartlepool have been reduced as part of various alterations.

A planning application seeking outline permission for 70 dwellings on land at Hart Reservoir, off Hart Lane, was lodged last year.

It would provide housing in an area where people wish to live

Agents for applicant Woodside Leisure Ltd

Applicant Brett Wilkinson, of Woodside Leisure Ltd, has since submitted amended plans to Hartlepool Borough Council due to a number of changes.

The layout has been altered and now seeks permission for 52 homes and a new lane for vehicles entering the site on Hart Lane has been provided at the request of highways officials.

Concerned residents living close to the site have previously objected as they believe the extra housing could have an impact on local amenities and also fear work on the site would prove fatal to the variety of wildlife living in the area including bats, water voles and swallows.

Residents who have previously been contacted will be written to again by the council for a chance to comment on the updated plans.

It also proposes to turn the two redundant reservoirs into wildlife ponds.

Supporting documents prepared by agents for the applicant say if the development was approved a 40mph limit on Hart Lane to cover the site entrance which would also be upgraded and a right hand turning lane provided.

The agents stated: “We believe the scheme offers an imaginative, comprehensive, co-ordinated and long term solution that would bring forward community benefits. It would provide housing in an area where people wish to live.

“We believe that the proposal would enhance the ecology and bio-diversity of the area. There would be no effect on the bats. Indeed it represents one of the few opportunities to ensure their feeding waters are retained.”

An updated flooding assessment on behalf of the applicant states the development would not increase the risk

To comment on the application visit http://eforms.hartlepool.gov.uk:7777/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet?PKID=108108