No decision yet on new housing plans

Woodcutter pub boss Chris Farrow (pictured) has dismissed rumours that the pub is closing down.
Woodcutter pub boss Chris Farrow (pictured) has dismissed rumours that the pub is closing down.

PLANS to demolish a pub and replace it with 14 new houses are subject to further talks around highways issues.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee met recently and the plans for the former Woodcutter pub site, in Kingsley Avenue, Hartlepool, were on the agenda,

However, the item was withdrawn to allow further discussions to be carried out around highway issues concerning the new estate.

The pub closed its doors for the final time in January this year when developers revealed plans for housing on the site.

The plans were due to go before the planning committee because there had been five 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 pub, The Woodcutter. The houses would be two-and-a-half-storey three-bed houses and would be set out in four rows of terraces of three and one pair of semi-detached dwellings.”

The report added that some plots would be accessed from Kingsley Avenue, while the others coming off Waverley Terrace. The development site includes the car park and is next to the Rift House Recreation Ground.

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 at the premises. However the pub was granted a stay of execution and remained open throughout the festive period.