Controversial plans to build 110 houses at Tunstall Farm to go under spotlight

Chris Pipe.
Chris Pipe.

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 110 houses on a site previously rejected by councillors are set to go under the spotlight later this month.

Taylor Wimpey UK has approached Hartlepool Borough Council and requested what is known as a pre-application developer forum where they will present its proposals to build 110 houses on land at Tunstall Farm, near Valley Drive in the West Park area of town.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 16, in the Civic Centre, Victoria Road, starting at 9am.

Plans for the Tunstall Farm site were previously considered by the council as part of the work on the Local Plan, a major 15-year planning blueprint, but were not included in its final proposals that were later scrapped despite a planning inspector saying they should be.

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.

Chris Pipe, the council’s planning services manager, said: “The forum meetings enable a potential developer 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 wanting to take part should call (01429) 523741 or email in advance.