Have say on changes to town blueprint

PEOPLE are being urged to give their views on additional changes to a new planning blueprint which will shape Hartlepool’s development for the next 15 years.

Hartlepool Borough Council has had to make several changes to the Local Plan, formerly known as the Core Strategy, after the Government recently introduced a new National Planning Policy Framework.

The plan details how Hartlepool is expected to develop, what kind of changes will be needed to make this happen and how they will be brought about.

It has already been subject to various stages of consultation, but further views are sought to several changes recommended by the Government.

They include changes necessary to make the Local Plan comply with the new National Planning Policy Framework, four new policies covering advertisements, telecommunications, providing sites for Gypsies and travellers and a policy which requires councils to take a positive view on developments which have a clear overall benefit for the economy, environment or society.

Factual changes and minor changes made as a result of previous consultation are also being taken into account.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank people once again for the many valuable comments which they made during the previous rounds of consultation.

“I would also urge them to please take the time to have a look at these important additional changes.”

People can view and leave comments on the Schedule of Changes at the council’s Bryan Hanson House offices in Lynn Street and at the Civic Centre in Victoria Road as well as at all the town’s libraries.

It can also be viewed on the Planning Policy home page at www.hartlepool.gov.uk

The consultation period ends on Tuesday, August 21.

The Local Plan and the Schedule of Changes will be examined by Government-appointed Planning Inspector, Kevin Ward.

He will assess them to make sure that they are sound and that they comply with all the legal requirements.

This examination by the Inspector – which will be held in public – is expected to take place this autumn.

For more information, contact the council’s planning policy team on (01429) 523532 or email planningpolicy@hartlepool.gov.uk