LETTER: Can someone explain reasons for refusing homes?

Hartlepool Civic Centre.
Hartlepool Civic Centre.

ON the eve of Remembrance Sunday we had a report in (Mail, November 8) that plans for homes for veterans have been turned down.

I can’t comment on the plans as I haven’t seen them.

It is the reasons that were given that have confused me.

A report that went before the planning committee stated: “The future scenario is easy to see whereby residents of this proposed developments will lodge noise complaints with a real potential to affect the operation of both these businesses in the global market place.

“This could easily result in the two businesses closing and relocating elsewhere in the UK or indeed abroad.”

Please tell me I only dreamed this, and not read it.

The same Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee has approved the planning application to build 14 houses within the grounds of Meadowcroft, against the advice of council officers and in spite of objections from local residents and English Heritage.

The Park Conservation Area, in Hartlepool, is one of only three areas in the North-East which was placed on English Heritage’s “at risk” list in October.

Can someone please explain?

Is the planning committee only interested in expensive up-market houses as against affordable homes?

If so, why?

Mike Hanley,

Wethers Nook,

Hartlepool.