Council bosses rake in £1.8m by selling Hartlepool buildings and land

Work underway at the site of new houses at Tanfield Gardens.
Work underway at the site of new houses at Tanfield Gardens.

COUNCIL bosses have raked in more than £1.8m by selling buildings and pieces of land over the past 10-months to help support budget plans.

Hartlepool Borough Council has set a target of bringing in £6.5m by 2015-16 by selling land owned by the local authority to developers and since May last year a total of 11 “property assets” have been sold.

Council officials say they will only sell council-owned land at the right time and for the right price, as they look to use the funding to help support budget plans, with the authority needing to cut up to £21m over the next three years.

Council leader Christopher Akers-Belcher was asked at a full council meeting how many buildings and pieces of land had been sold since May and the total amount of income the authority received.

The question was asked by town resident David Riddle and the Labour councillor confirmed 11 property assets had been sold for a total of £1,844,228.

Assets sold by the local authority since May 2013 include: Land on Manners Street, further land on Manners Street, land on Clavering Road, to the rear of St Mark’s Church, land on Tanfield Road, Raby Road, King Oswy Drive, Bond Street and the land at the junction of Brenda Road and Belle Vue Way.

Other land sold includes Crown House in Surtees Street, land on Londonderry Street and Stockton Road.

Speaking after the meeting, Coun Akers-Belcher told the Mail: “We did an analysis of all the sites that are owned by the council to see if they were surplus to requirements.

“That work was done a while ago and we are in the process of doing the same again.

“We are pleased with the work that has been done to date and as long as the council-owned sites are surplus to requirements and the proposal will help regenerate an area or bring new housing, then that can only be good for the town.”

Recently the sale of land at Tanfield Road, near Stranton Cemetery, has been completed with work now well underway on a new housing estate and contracts have been exchanged on Foggy Furze, the site of the former library, ahead of a new housing development.

Meanwhile, an “acceptable tender” has been received for the land at the Education Development Centre, in Seaton Lane, in total all three sites extend to 11 acres.