Concern over housing plans

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A PROSPECTIVE parliamentary candidate for Hartlepool has raised concerns the town is at risk of being “over-developed”.

Phillip Broughton is set to stand for the role of MP in the town in 2015 after being selected as prospective parliamentary candidate for UKIP.

He has raised major concerns about the number of new houses that are planned for Hartlepool,

It comes as proposals have been submitted for 2,000 new homes off Elwick Road, in Hartlepool, which would also create a new western bypass for the town.

The project, earmarked on a 100-hectare site, also has visions for a range of community facilities such as shops, a GP surgery, care home, pub and crèche.

The development is the latest in a series of large new proposed housing schemes for Hartlepool. Developer Persimmon is working on plans for up to 2,500 homes in a South Western Extension scheme.

And in March councillors backed plans to extend the plush Upper Warren housing estate by a further 500 homes in a £145m development.

Developers say they are being designed to meet Hartlepool’s housing demand.

But Mr Broughton said: “The Coalition Government started the over development problem by bringing in the national planning policy framework which outrageously is allowing a planning free for all, more building on our beautiful green belt and thereby creating a developer’s charter.

“The cancellation of the £1.5m Local Plan has seen a dramatic increase in the number of planning applications for large scale housing developments on Hartlepool’s green belt.”

He added: “Developments of this size would accelerate the fall in house prices in the town which in the last year fell by 3.3 per cent leading to more home owners falling into negative equity.

“The UK Independence Party is strongly opposed to over-development and these plans are unwanted, unnecessary and if implemented will lead to the destruction of Hartlepool’s attractive green belt.”