Plans to transform nursery

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COUNCIL plans to transform part of a former nursery into a new housing development will be discussed this week.

Hartlepool Borough Council is planning to sell the southern site of Tanfield Nursery, in the town’s Tanfield Road, to a developer for new houses.

The plans will be discussed by Mayor Stuart Drummond at a meeting of his community safety and planning portfolio.

Mayor Drummond is asked to approve the development brief for the purposes of marketing the land for a “high quality” development.

It follows a recent consultation exercise with local residents.

A development brief said: “The Tanfield Nursery site is a prime site set within the Rossmere ward in the south western area of Hartlepool.

“The area is characterised by well-established detached and semi-detached properties, with substantial front and back gardens and with a strong sense of community.”

It added: “To the north of the site is Stranton Lodge and part of Tanfield nursery which will be retained by the borough council.

“As well as providing a growing facility for the council’s parks and public spaces the nursery currently offers a small retail facility for gardening enthusiasts.

“The council has plans to enhance the facility by creating a coffee shop and inspirational gardens for visitors.”

The meeting is due to take place at 10am on Friday, April 13, at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road.