Meeting over plans for 2,000 homes in Hartlepool

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MAJOR plans for 2,000 new homes in Hartlepool will be the subject of a special council meeting.

Prism Planning has approached Hartlepool Borough Council and asked for a pre-application developer forum which will take place in the Civic Centre on Wednesday, August 6, starting at 9am.

Andrew Carter.

Andrew Carter.

At the meeting, Prism Planning will present its proposals to build around 2,000 homes and community facilities on land at High Tunstall Farm in the West Park area of the town.

The forums are part of the council’s One Stop Shop, pre-application advisory service which provides advice on planning matters prior to the submission of a formal planning application.

At the meeting there will 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 the forum and listen to the proceedings but are unable to ask questions.

Andrew Carter, the council’s planning services manager, said: “The forum meetings enable any potential developers 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.”

Any interested party wishing to take part should contact Sinead Turnbull at Hartlepool Borough Council on (01429) 284319 or email in advance of the forum.

However, there will be two public consultations held this week for the large residential development off Elwick Road which would also create a new western bypass for the town.

An early masterplan and outline of the proposals for the site at High Tunstall will go on show at Elwick Academy of Dance, Bathgate Terrace, off Elwick Road, today between 10am and 6.45pm.

There will be another drop-in consultation session on Tuesday, July 15, at Hartlepool Central Library’s cafe between 10am and 1pm. Anyone unable to get to the sessions can see them online at and clicking on the consultations page.