Hartlepool ‘village’ plan to be a trailblazer for rest of UK

Land to the rear of Seaton Lane, which has been earmarked for housing development.
Land to the rear of Seaton Lane, which has been earmarked for housing development.

INNOVATIVE plans to create a new ‘village’ development in Hartlepool are set to be a trailblazer for other parts of the UK.

Developers hope to provide a 600-home estate for armed forces veterans, first time buyers and residents with care needs, on land off Brenda Road, Hartlepool.

They say it will be the first scheme of its kind in the UK and could be used as a model for other areas.

Developers AAD Ltd have applied to Hartlepool Borough Council for outline planning permission and say talks have proved positive.

A key part of the scheme is to provide residents with care close to hand that can change as they get older.

It is also envisaged that carers and their families will live on site.

Project officer Will Birch said: “In the past people have had to sell their homes and go somewhere else.

“If people live somewhere that is their space and a carer comes to them they don’t have to move.”

Around 80 homes will be dedicated for forces veterans who may also need support after leaving the services.

Will added: “Very often they leave without the support they need to integrate back into the community.

“The North-East has strong links with the armed services with places like Catterick, so Hartlepool seemed a good place.

“This has never been done before in the UK and it is also completely privately funded so it is not going to cost the public purse anything.

“If you set out to create a mixed community like this there is a lot of benefits.

“The idea is to take this model and make it happen elsewhere.”

A third of the 21-acre site off Brenda Road and Seaton Lane will be devoted to green space.

There will also be a number of one and two-bed flats for first time buyers.

Will said they hope to have decision from the council later this month or in September.

He said: “There are people who have raised some objections as there is with any application like this, but we plan to engage with them and see what we can do to mitigate those concerns.”

Development advisor Christopher Pickup, a governor for a charity that provides accommodation for disabled ex-Service people, added: “This could transform the way that people in the autumn of their lives are looked after.”