Gardens set to be 

RESIDENTS are set to have their gardens extended after councillors approved plans which will help cut down on anti-social behaviour.

Four houses in Kipling Road and Gladys Worthy Close, in Hartlepool, will benefit from the move by Hartlepool Borough Council on a lease basis.

The area of land is between playing fields at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College and the residential properties on the north side of Kipling Road and to the side of one house in Gladys Worthy Close.

The council’s planning committee approved the plans at a recent meeting.

A report to the meeting said: “The land previously formed part of the playing fields of English Martyrs and is allocated as such in the Hartlepool Local Plan (2006).

“However, the parcel of land has been divided off from the school playing fields some years ago and has remained overgrown and poorly maintained.”

The size and current overgrown condition of the site mean it is not viable for it to be used as playing pitches.

Ahead of the meeting, there were no objections and two letters of support.

The report added: “The land will be divided into the ownership of four properties to form part of their garden area.

“It is noted that the site is currently subject to high levels of anti-social behaviour and has been problematic in securing and maintaining.

“The application site itself has long since been neglected as playing space, having been fenced off from the school playing pitches to the north of the site.”

Councillors were told the land has already been cleared and fenced off and the land will be leased to the residents by the council as a short term measure.