Hartlepool library site to be transformed into housing estate

The former Foggy Furze library on Stockton Road.
The former Foggy Furze library on Stockton Road.

DEVELOPERS have submitted plans to build 30 houses on the site of a former library.

Persimmon Homes is looking for permission to build the housing development on the site of the former Foggy Furze Library, in Stockton Road.

Plans have been submitted to Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning department.

The council-run library was closed in 2011 as a result of budget cuts and the building was flattened to make way for a housing development.

A design and access statement from the company said it would be a 30-house development on the 0.785 hectare site, including 19 three bed houses and 11 four-bed houses.

Within the 30, there would be three properties classed as “affordable housing”, or ten per cent.

The statement added: “This mix of house type and tenure provides a range and choice to meet local needs and demands in the area.”

Due to the council budget cuts the library, which served the community for 60 years, closed at the end of March 2011, to save the local authority £47,536 a year.

Council officials have previously said the sale of the site for housing will raise “much-needed” funds for the council during “this most severe of economic times”.

The site, which is currently empty, is next to the Greenside pub, in Stockton Road, and the St Aidan’s Primary School, in Loyalty Road.

A decision about the new housing plans is expected to be made by mid-October, this year.