Growing Hartlepool estate set to get first pharmacy

Land next to Sainsbury's at Middle Warren where the pharmacy is due to be built. Picture by Frank Reid.
Land next to Sainsbury's at Middle Warren where the pharmacy is due to be built. Picture by Frank Reid.

A new pharmacy is due to be built on a growing Hartlepool estate after winning planning consent.

The development will form a new addition to the Middle Warren local centre on the edge of Bishop Cuthbert.

Councillors heard there is not a pharmacy within a mile of the area where new housing is still being built.

A new Hartlepool Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment said there was a need for a pharmacy at the location.

NHS England previously refused an application for a pharmacy at Middle Warren to be included in Hartlepool’s Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment but it was allowed on appeal.

Official figures showed that in the middle of 2015 the estimated population for Hart ward was 8,978, a growth of 6.3% since the previous pharmaceutical needs assessment, and it was expected to get bigger with various housing projects planned in the area.

Plans for a further 500 homes are in the pipeline nearby and a proposed care home close to the pharmacy site is also pending.

A report of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Planning Committee stated: “HBC Public Health has confirmed that the Hartlepool Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2018 has identified there is a need for a pharmacy in this location following the decision by NHS to allow an appeal to develop a pharmacy in this location.”

Planning permission was granted subject to a number of conditions, including restrictions to stop customers and suppliers parking and unloading on Merlin Way.

It is after council highway officers said they had some concerns the pharmacy would lead to more motorists parking on the road.

No new car parking is to be provided as part of the proposal to the existing 34 spaces.

Highways chiefs said although it is 1.5 spaces short of recommended parking levels for to the size of the retail space it was not enough to warrant them objecting,

A licence for the pharmacy has already been granted to the applicants Ascent Healthcare.

A design and access statement put forward in support of the application added: “The development would generate numerous temporary construction jobs for a period of about 6 months, followed by three permanent full and part-time jobs when the pharmacy is operational.”

Councillors voted in favour of the new building and also a separate planning application for three internal lit signs advertising the name of the businesses and its services.