A BUILDING firm has requested a special meeting to take place next week to discuss a proposed new, large scale housing development in the town.
Councillors and other interested parties will be invited to the meeting to seek clarification on any issues arising from Persimmon’s proposals to build houses on land known as the South-West extension.
Persimmons Homes has taken over Yuill Homes’s interest in the land - adjacent to the Fens and Owton Manor areas - which was previously earmarked for around 2,500 new homes.
The new developer says it intends to lodge the first planning application for the site by the summer despite Hartlepool Borough Council scrapping its Local Plan blueprint, in which the plans for the area had been included.
Persimmon has now approached the council and requested a Pre-Application Developer Forum, which will take place in the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road, next Wednesday, March 19 from 9am.
Pre-Application Developer Forums are part of the council’s One Stop Shop, a pre-application advisory service which provides advice on planning matters prior to the submission of a formal planning application. The building firm will present their proposals to build houses on the land at the forum.
However there will also be an opportunity for councillors and other interested parties, such as the Parish Council and Environment Agency, to seek clarification on any points or raise issues. Members of the public are welcome to attend and listen to proceedings but won’t be able to ask questions.
Chris Pipe, Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning services manager, said: “The forum meetings enable a potential developer to present their planning proposals prior to the submission of a formal planning application.
“It must be emphasised that this is not an opportunity for people to object to the proposal; it’s an opportunity for councillors and interested parties to seek clarification or raise planning issues which should be considered by the developer in any formal planning submission.”
Residents in Fens and Greatham have previously raised concerns about the scale of the previous development which was part of the Local Plan and the need for so much housing.
After Persimmon Homes took over the interest in the area, Peter Jordan, divisional strategic land director at the firm, said: “We are intending to fully engage with the public and authorities as much as Yuill had been doing over the years.”
Any interested party wishing to participate in the forum should contact Gill Scanlon at Hartlepool Council on (01429) 523741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.