MORE than 600 homes could be built at Wynyard as part of a major new development.
Proposals have been lodged with Hartlepool Borough Council for up to 603 homes, a village hall, sports facilities, and over 100sq metres of commercial development space.
Newcastle-based planning consultants Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners has submitted the plans for the development on grass and farmland land north of the A689 at Wynyard Business Park.
The applicants say the plan will help the council to meet its five-year housing supply demands and deliver significant economic benefits.
They added: “The development will help to secure the continued development and future of Wynyard Park and support economic growth.”
The proposal includes the building of up to 603 properties ranging from two-bed to five bedrooms, a village hall, playing fields and multi use games area, local site incorporating offices and food and drink use, and a possible primary school for up to 420 pupils.
The plans have attracted 39 objection letters and four in support.
Objections include traffic congestion, a loss of employment land and fears it could detract from Wynyard’s exclusive housing.
Teesmouth Bird Club is against the plan saying the land contains a mosaic of wildlife habitats including wetland and woodland areas and the proposed mitigation does not compensate for the loss of farmland habitat.
But Hartlepool Council’s parks and countryside team said of the plans: “This development has the opportunity to benefit not just the housing, education and servicing needs of the residents but also the physical, recreational and mental wellbeing as well.
“To keep the residents in isolation with only the use of a car to access any other access paths in the district would be unsustainable, unhealthy and expensive.”
But a report by Jim Ferguson, Hartlepool council’s planning team leader, says the application goes against its planning policies because it includes so much housing for land that is designated for employment.
Hartlepool council’s planning committee deferred making a decision on whether to grant outline planning permission as they wait for more information about its possible impact on the surrounding highways.