Three more possible Hartlepool gypsy sites added

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THREE more sites have been added to an ongoing consultation over plans for a permanent gypsy and traveller site in Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Borough Council launched the consultation after a public inspection into Hartlepool’s Local Plan was halted by Government inspector Kevin Ward who asked for further work to find an appropriate site.

Officers had short-listed 13 council-owned sites but that will now be extended to 16 after councillors agreed to add three more sites.

Under the new governance arrangements councillors on the finance and policy committee wanted to reassess 27 potential sites previously discounted.

The three added are:

l Land at Huckelhoven Way/Reed Street. It had originally been earmarked as a regeneration area but councillors wanted it including.

l Land at Clarence Road north of Victoria Park football ground. The land had been earmarked as part of the Mill House Master Plan regeneration work but councillors said no firm proposals had come forward yet and as it stands there are no commitments for the land.

l Briarfields field, off Elwick Road. The land is earmarked for sale for a high-quality residential development and has been on the market since 2009.

Leader of the council, Labour group leader Christopher Akers-Belcher, said: “This is an opportunity for residents to consider additional sites.”

The 13 other sites are: land at West View Road, Throston Grange Lane, two areas in Burbank Street, Catcote Road/Macaulay Road, Wiltshire Way, Old Cemetery Road, Lennox Walk/Owton Manor Lane, Masefield Road/Gulliver Road, Hart smallholdings east and west, near Hart village, and Summerhill, off Catcote Road.

The Government insists the council must provide some limited gypsy and traveller provision as part of the Local Plan. Only one site or a combination of two small sites will be needed to meet the requirement for between six and 10 traveller pitches.

Public meetings are scheduled for Owton Manor Community Centre, in Wynyard Road, on Monday, May 20, from 4pm to 7pm, Summerhill Visitor Centre on Tuesday May 21, from 4pm to 7pm, Throston Youth Centre, in Wiltshire Way on Wednesday, May 22, from 3.30pm to 6.30pm, Burbank Community Centre, in Burbank Street on Thursday, May 23, from 4pm to 7pm and Throston Primary School, in Flint Walk on Tuesday, June 4, from 4pm to 7pm.

All responses must be in writing to: Planning Policy, Hartlepool Borough Council, Bryan Hanson House, Hanson Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7BT by June 27.