FURTHER details have been released on how residents can have their say on a major planning blueprint.
Hartlepool Borough Council has published the final draft of the Core Strategy, which sets out the main planning framework for the borough for the next 15 years.
It has been drawn up following extensive public consultation over the past two years.
The full council approved the final draft last Thursday, but people can now give their views during the final period of public consultation, which started yesterday and run until Monday, March 26.
The main elements include:
l Allowing up to 5,400 new homes to be built over the next 15 years;
l A major new residential development to the south-west of the town and a smaller, limited area of new housing at Upper Warren;
l Earmarking Wynyard for further executive housing and prestigious business development and Elwick and Hart for small scale housing schemes;
l The creation of green spaces across the borough, including in Golden Flatts and in the new residential development in the south-west and the retention of the green areas which provide a strategic gap between the town and Hart and Greatham;
l Protecting and enhancing the town centre area and to support the creation of an innovation and skills quarter;
l Promoting the port, Oakesway Industrial Estate and the Southern Business Zone for business, recognising the town’s three new enterprise zones and safeguarding land for a new nuclear power station.
Mayor Stuart Drummond said: “The Core Strategy will play a key role in how our town grows and develops over the next 15 years, so I am delighted that we had such an excellent response from local people to the various rounds of consultation which we held.
“It is vital to plan properly and thoroughly for the future and we have developed a detailed planning framework which is both practical and aspires to the very best for our town in the years ahead.”
Later this year the draft Core Strategy will then be examined at a public hearing by a Government planning inspector who will ensure that it is suitable and viable and consider any comments made during the final consultation.
If approved by the planning inspector, the Core Strategy is likely to be adopted by the council before the end of this year.
People can view, and leave comments on, the draft Core Strategy document at the Civic Centre and the Council’s Bryan Hanson House offices in Lynn Street.
It can also be viewed online at www.hartlepool.gov.uk/info/1004/planning_policy
Comments can also be emailed to email@example.com or sent in writing to the Planning Policy Team, Hartlepool Council, Bryan Hanson House, Hanson Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7BT.