Have your say on 1,200-home Hartlepool ‘extension’ plans

Part of the land intended for a large new development on the edge of Hartlepool
Part of the land intended for a large new development on the edge of Hartlepool

A RESIDENTS group is encouraging people not to miss out on the chance to have their say on a proposed 1,200 home development in Hartlepool.

Agents for developer Persimmon Homes lodged plans for the development on a South West Extension of town in November last year.

Robert Smith.

Robert Smith.

It includes the creation of up to 1,260 new homes built between the A689 and Brierton Lane as well as plans for a new primary school, medical centre, shops, pub, play spaces and new roads.

If approved by Hartlepool Borough Council, the development would see up to nine years of building work.

The Fens Residents’ Association says some people were put off from submitting their comments online after the council’s computer system suffered technical problems during a statutory three-week consultation period.

The group has concerns over the level of housing proposed, flood risk fears and believe it will harm local wildlife.

Residents of Greatham, the Fens, Owton Manor and Rift House can still comment. But a senior council planning said the authority will always accept comments right up until any scheme is decided and is not due to the computer issues.

Robert Smith, chairman of Fens Residents’ Association, said: “Residents with concerns about this huge development with its associated problems of flood risk, traffic congestion, damage to the Greatham Beck wildlife corridor and loss of quality landscape should not miss this last chance of having their say.

“If it goes ahead the whole town would suffer from the effects of housing oversupply.

“What we need is development on land within the present urban area, helping regeneration and providing much needed social and affordable housing where it is best located.

“We want to see a realistic amount of new housing, but it is a matter of scale, location and the type of housing people really need and can afford.”

It is not known when the application, which is in two parts for different parts of the site, will go to the planning committee.

Senior planning officer Jim Ferguson said: “As with all applications we will consider objections or representations virtually right up until a decision is made.

“Comments on this application are still being accepted.”

People can write to the Planning Services Manager of the council at the civic centre or log on to www.hartlepool.gov.uk.

Type the reference number H/2014/0405 in the Major Developments section. Alternatively email: developmentcontrol@hartlepool.gov.uk