Plans to turn Hartlepool park lodge into private home in spotlight

The Ward Jackson Park lodge
The Ward Jackson Park lodge

COUNCIL plans to turn a park lodge into a private home are due to be decided later this month.

A planning application by Hartlepool Borough Council for the former park keeper’s lodge at Ward Jackson Park were withdrawn at the eleventh hour at the last meeting of the planning committee on September 25.

The council confirmed it was withdrawn temporarily to give the council more time to consider a number of issues relating to the application.

It is now due to be decided by the planing committee when it meets next on Wednesday, October 23.

The council is looking to sell the building to boost its coffers.

But hundreds of people have objected to the plans and local groups say the lodge should remain part of the park.

The Friends of Ward Jackson Park group says the lodge was gifted to the town from property investors in memory of Ralph Ward Jackson and was not intended to be sold off.

The group has also raised safety concerns for pedestrians in the area as a new access for vehicles is included in the application.