Planning permission granted for new housing development

GREEN LIGHT: Part of the land off Station Road, in Greatham, that has been granted outline planning permission for 29 new homes.
GREEN LIGHT: Part of the land off Station Road, in Greatham, that has been granted outline planning permission for 29 new homes.
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PLANNING permission has been granted for a new housing development in Greatham.

A scheme for 29 new homes on land off Station Road was approved by Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee.

The layout of the development is set to include a row of eight terraced properties at the northern end of the site, with detached and semi-detached houses on the rest of the development.

Councillors voted in favour of the scheme despite a number of objections from nearby residents who had safety worries concerning traffic and access, loss of privacy and flooding.

But councillors voted in favour of the development, made on behalf of the Durham Diocese finance board.

Putting Hartlepool First councillor Geoff Lilley, who represents nearby Fens and Rossmere ward, said the scheme presented an opportunity for any developer contributions to be spent within the village.

Coun Lilley pushed for talks to take place between the applicants and Greatham Sports Field Association which is trying to raise funding for new changing rooms.

He said: “I think this is a really good use of land.”

The site, measuring just under one hectare in size, is currently overgrown agricultural land but is adjacent to Greatham Conservation Area.

Resident Margaret Hammond objected to the development, and spoke on behalf of people in Station Road.

Mrs Hammond told the planning meeting: “We believe the site is not suitable for the development, and is prone to flooding.

“There is no safe entry or exit for pedestrians or motor vehicles.”

The development originally included plans for 31 homes on the site but that was reduced to 29 after talks with the council’s highways department.

Greatham Parish Council said the applicants would be expected to work closely with those directly affected, and to evolve designs based on the views of the community.