Plans to build dozens of houses

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NEW plans to build dozens of houses on agricultural land could be decided this week.

Yuill Homes wants to build 65 two, three and four-bedroom houses on land in Eaglesfield Road, Hartlepool.

The developers first submitted plans earlier this year. But they were rejected by members of the council’s planning committee in May due to a number of issues.

Councillors had concerns about the amount of traffic, the density of houses and worries about the mix of houses available for affordable rent.

Members also had concerns about the site layout with the potential for too many houses being built in that area.

At the time Yuill Homes said they were “very disappointed” and that they would be considering their position.

They have since submitted fresh plans to planners.

The main access road from Brierton Lane would be the same but developers have included a comprehensive transport statement within their plans, which they hope will alleviate concerns about the amount of traffic using the junction.

The site area has also been increased from 4.4 acres to 4.7 acres and the shape of the site has also been altered with more open space.

A report to the meeting said: “The land is approximately 4.7 acres on which 65 dwellings are proposed.

“The site is generally level with a gentle slope from west to east with an outlook over open countryside to the west.

“The site is proposed to be accessed by way of a new access off Brierton Lane.”

Developers say the development would also include seven affordable homes.

Ahead of the planning meeting there have been six letters of objection to the plans.

Objectors say Brierton Lane is not a suitable access road, that it will add to the congestion levels in that area and lead to an increase in noise.

Plus there have been general concerns about the number of houses being built.

But planning officers say they are “minded” to recommend the application for approval as long as a number of conditions are met.

They include a contribution towards play areas and to ensure the seven affordable houses are included.

The council’s planning committee is due to meet on Friday, September 9, at 10am in the council chamber.