Building boss says it’s ‘vital’ Hartlepool continues to grow ahead of forum about new development

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A BUILDING boss says it’s of “vital importance” that Hartlepool continues to grow and is welcoming views on a proposed new housing development in the town.

Persimmon Homes, the firm which has taken over Yuill Homes’s interest in the proposals for new houses on the South West extension, will hold a Pre-Application Developer Forum next week, as reported in the Mail.

The land, adjacent to the Fens and Owton Manor areas, was previously earmarked for around 2,500 homes and was part of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Local Plan blueprint, which was scrapped. But Persimmon’s divisional strategic land director, Peter Jordan, says the firm hopes to build on plans that were previously in place and wants to have the first planning application for the site lodged by the summer.

He said: “We didn’t want to rock the boat, we wanted to use the good work of Yuill and build on that. I think it’s of vital importance that Hartlepool continues to grow as a town.

“Hartlepool has been a good market for us in the past, we want to continue to invest in the town. What I wouldn’t want to see is the development going over the other side of the A19 to Wynyard.”

Fens and Greatham residents have previously raised concerns about the scale of the development and the need for so much housing.

Councillors and other interested parties can raise issues at the Pre-Application Developer Forum, to be held at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road, next Wednesday, March 19 from 9am. Members of the public are welcome to attend but won’t be able to ask questions.

Any interested party wishing to participate should contact Gill Scanlon at the council on (01429) 523741 or email: