Hartlepool people urged to give views on 1,200-homes plan

Land near the Fens where part of the 1,200-home development could be built.
Land near the Fens where part of the 1,200-home development could be built.

A residents’ group is urging people to make the most of the extra time given to comment on the biggest potential development in Hartlepool for years.

Persimmon Homes are seeking permission to build 1,260 new homes in a South West Extension development.

As far as Fens Residents Association is concerned the problems presented by such a large and unnecessary development remain.

Robert Smith, Fens Residents Association

It also includes designs for a new primary school, medical centre, shops, pub, play spaces and new roads.

Due to a number of minor amendments the consultation period now runs until June 22.

Robert Smith, chairman of the Fens Residents Association, said: “Although residents may be experiencing South West Extension ‘consultation fatigue’ it is important that they express their opinions, whether or not they receive a letter from the planning department.

“As far as Fens Residents Association is concerned the problems presented by such a large and unnecessary development remain.

“First and foremost are the consequences of a massive oversupply of new builds, we would see Hartlepool wither from within.

“There are already a high number of decent empty properties in the town and recent permissions granted for hundreds of new homes will surely satisfy real demand. Anymore new builds given the go ahead will see the market suffer irreversible damage.”

He added residents’ concerns about increased flood risk remain, claim increased congestion will be inevitable no matter the infrastructure improvements and that a green wedge must protect the Greatham Beck wildlife corridor.

To comment online go to www.hartlepool.gov.uk and search using the reference number H/2014/0405.