Councillors to debate plans to build 500 homes in Hartlepool

Hartlepool Civic Centre.
Hartlepool Civic Centre.

COUNCILLORS will debate plans to build up to 500 new homes on land in Hartlepool.

Applicants Leebell Developments have lodged plans with Hartlepool Borough Council for the site known as Upper Warren on the outskirts of town.

A planning application seeking outline permission for up to 500 new homes will be discussed by the council’s planing committee next Wednesday.

The housing is proposed to be a mix of two, three, four and five bedroom homes, of which 15 per cent will be affordable housing.

The proposals attracted 13 letters of support, but 41 objecting to it.

Supporters say the development would help them get on the property ladder as a first time buyer, bring more jobs to the town and it would be good for the local economy.

But objectors say it would be a gross over development of the site, is poorly designed and believe it would create road hazards to drivers and pedestrians.

Council papers say vehicle access will be taken from Merlin Way with a secondary emergency access via Viola Close.

After talks with the council, the developer has come up with a series measures to minimise the impact on surrounding roads.

Councillors are being recommended to approve the plans subject to a legal agreement being put in place.

The meeting will be held in the council chamber at Hartlepool Civic Centre, on Wednesday, at 10.30am.