WORK on a new housing development is well underway as part of a wider project to revitalise Seaton Carew.
Around 30 new homes are going up on the site of the former Elizabeth Way community centre.
It is the first phase of Hartlepool Borough Council’s ambitious Seaton Carew Masterplan which includes new housing, improvements to community facilities and a major regeneration of the seafront.
That area is in line for new leisure attractions and a shopping and business area.
Councillor Kevin Cranney, the council’s Vice chair of Regeneration Services, told a recent meeting of the full council the Masterplan project is being given greater focus as it feeds into the Hartlepool Vision project.
As well as the Elizabeth Way housing development the Seaton Carew Masterplan also proposes to creats an open air performance and events space plus a tourist information centre with café on land behind the bus station.
A new water play and mini golf areas on the seafront and beach chalets also feature as well as further improvemnet’s to the town’s sea defences.
Other housing developments are also planned including 140 new homes on land at the junction of Coronation Drive and Warrior Drive, and about 30 new homes on the old fairground site on the seafront.
It is hoped the sale of the new houses could generate up to £5million to fund the regeneration project.
Proceeds from the completed sale of the Elizabeth Way site are intended to be used to buy and clear the derelict Longscar Centre to make way for new community facilities.
Coun Cranney said: “As part of the Hartlepool Vision the council has prioritised the regeneration of Seaton Carew and has worked towards developing and delivering a regeneration programme that will improve community facilities and the area at The Front to make the area more attractive to visitors, residents and help to support existing businesses in Seaton Carew.”