Demolition plan for 73 homes

Chatham Road, off Raby Road in Hartlepool, where some properties are earmarked for demolition.
Chatham Road, off Raby Road in Hartlepool, where some properties are earmarked for demolition.

DOZENS of homes are set to be demolished as part of major regeneration plans by housing chiefs.

Housing Hartlepool is looking to demolish a total of 73 properties in the Chatham Road, Chatham Gardens, Raby Gardens and Raby Road area of town.

The plans are part of the Raby Road Gardens East Regeneration programme, which aims to breathe new life into that part of Hartlepool.

The regeneration scheme has been in the pipeline for several years and subject to consultation with local residents.

Residents living in the area have been notified of demolition plans by letter in recent weeks.

Demolition work will be phased over the next few years once residents have been rehomed.

It is hoped that demolition work could start this summer in the Chatham Road area but housing chiefs say the whole process will take some time.

It is not yet known how the site will be redeveloped once the homes have been demolished.

Bosses at Housing Hartlepool say the properties, many of which are semi-detached and were built around the 1940s, are ageing and in poor condition.

The cost of bringing the properties up to decent homes standard would be far more expensive than demolishing them and redeveloping the area with more modern and efficient homes.

That area of town has a mixture of owner occupiers, Housing Hartlepool tenants and some private landlords.

Mark Dutton, Vela’s head of regeneration, said: “Vela, working closely with Housing Hartlepool, is committed to creating high quality modern accommodation fit for the 21st century.

“The 73 Housing Hartlepool homes, which form part of the Raby Gardens East regeneration programme, are older, poorer condition properties that no longer meet the standards that residents deserve.

“Vela seeks to create communities where residents will be proud to live, in quality homes built to today’s high standards.

“In the coming months, in consultation with residents and partner agencies, we will be looking at the most appropriate transformation and regeneration of the area. The aim is to provide the best affordable housing solutions and for any plans to complement other redevelopment schemes taking place in the Dyke House area, for example Easington Road.”

Over the next few months Housing Hartlepool will look at the best way of redeveloping the site so that it fits in with other developments in the Raby Road area.

Chatham Road, which has several houses boarded up with metal railings, overlooks the Headway development.

The Headway scheme, a partnership between Hartlepool Borough Council, Housing Hartlepool and Taylor Wimpey, will see 179 new family homes built with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) on around nine acres of land off Chester Road.

The properties will replace almost 300 low-demand, obsolete terraced homes that were demolished on the site in 2007.