Hartlepool Council agrees ‘exclusivity period’ for new health centre

PLANS: The Hartlepool Educational Development Centre
PLANS: The Hartlepool Educational Development Centre

COUNCIL chiefs have agreed to grant an “exclusivity period” for developers to carry out investigations on a piece of land which could one day be home to a new healthcare facility.

A Hartlepool Borough Council finance and policy committee report recommended that the developer – which is looking to build a new residential healthcare facility on council-owned land off Seaton Lane – be given a four-month time frame to carry out site investigations and related work.

And at a meeting in the Civic Centre’s council chambers, in Victoria Road, it was agreed that the exclusivity period should be granted to the company, which has yet to be named.

It means that “the council will not market the land or have discussions with any other party regarding disposal”, says the report.

The facility could lead to the creation of 200 new jobs.

The three parcels of land - which includes the Educational Development Centre (EDC) - had been earmarked for housing but a previous deal fell through which has cleared the way for this new “much-needed” accommodation for people with mental health and brain injuries.

Plans are still very much in the early stages.