Hartlepool housing plan on hold over flood fears

Land behind Nelson Lane where plans have been submitted for 50 new homes
Land behind Nelson Lane where plans have been submitted for 50 new homes

A decision whether to allow a new 50-home development in Hartlepool has been put on hold after concerns were raised by councillors.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee was due to make a decision on the proposal in Nelson Lane behind the Clavering estate when it met yesterday.

But the issue was deferred after councillors raised questions over the potential impact on flooding and about the level of affordable housing the developer proposes to provide.

Councillor Rob Cook said existing properties have suffered flooding problems for a number of years.

He said: “Problems have arisen over the last 15 years with flooding. My brother-in-law lives in a property adjacent to the proposal and has had flooding nigh on every other year.

“I have serious concerns at how we have arrived at the position of no concerns for flooding.”

One objector sent the council photos of flooding on and around the site.

But council officers said conditions could be attached to the planning permission for appropriate drainage.

Coun Cook added: “If we just pooh pooh it and say it will be sorted out we could end up with flooding like there has been in Jaywood Close.

“The whole area on to which this development backs is prone to flooding.”

Coun Ray Martin-Wells also questioned a 10% proportion of affordable housing compared to the council’s aim of 18%.

An officer said that was the figure that had been agreed on after a viability assessment submitted by the developer.

But Coun Martin-Wells said: “I’m puzzled why we have accepted it.”

He asked for the officer who signed off the decision to attend the next meeting the proposal is considered.

The proposal is for permission in principle for 50 homes to be allowed on the area of agricultural land of around 1.5 hectares.

A report considered by councillors stated: “The layout plan submitted shows 50 dwellings to be accessed from the existing turning head of Applewood Close which is a cul de sac with access taken from Jaywood Close.

“Details of house type design has not been submitted however the layout shows a mix of detached and semi detached dwellings, each having amenity space to the front and rear with in curtilage car parking.

“The applicant is proposing to provide affordable housing within the site. The final details of house type will be considered as part of a subsequent reserved matter application.”