A FIELD described by councillors as a “dog toilet” is to be transformed into five new houses.
Hartlepool Borough Council has approved plans by Endeavour Housing Association to build the two-bedroom bungalows on a stretch of land to the rear of St Marks Church and Community Centre, off Clavering Road.
Planning officers said the layout and number of bungalows on the site was “acceptable” and councillors sitting on the planning committee welcomed the plans.
There was one objection which raised concerns the new residents could object to the current trade of the existing nearby shops but the plans were welcomed by the committee.
Labour councillor Rob Cook, chairman of the committee, said: “The land itself has been a dog toilet for many years and I believe this application will really enhance the area.
“People in the Hart ward have been involved in the consultation and I don’t think there was any real problems with it.
“Everybody was happy that the land was going to be used.
“It is a good layout and makes the most of the plot of land.”
Earlier this year, the council teamed up with neighbourhood police teams in a pilot scheme in the north and coastal areas of town in a bid to crackdown on irresponsible dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets.
If the scheme proves to be a success then it could be rolled out town-wide.
Labour councillor Paul Beck, who represents the Hart ward, added: “I believe the application is going to enhance the area a great deal and this is going to be good for the businesses.”
The housing site is owned by Hartlepool Borough Council and there is a row of shops to the south east.
Endeavour Housing Association, a registered housing provider was the applicant and will manage the properties.
A report said: “Full planning permission is sought for the erection of five, two bedroom bungalows and associated works.
“All five bungalows will be affordable housing and will receive Home and Communities Agency grant funding and offered for affordable rent.”