Hopeful for development soon

COUNCIL plans to redevelop a derelict retail site are no further forward but Mayor Stuart Drummond is still hopeful for a solution by this summer.

Hartlepool Borough Council is yet to buy Jacksons Landing, at Hartlepool Marina, as part of plans to then sell the land on for redevelopment.

The plans, with owners Schroders, have been in place for more than 18-months but the site remains derelict.

Mayor Drummond admits progress has been slow and said he had hoped to announce positive news before he left in May.

But talks are ongoing with developers.

Mayor Drummond said: “Things are progressing slowly with Jacksons Landing.

“There has been a couple of glitches recently, I was hoping that we could get something announced before I go but that hasn’t been able to happen.

“But things are happening in the background and I’m confident that hopefully by the summer there will be a solution for Jacksons Landing.”

The rumoured sale figure is around the £2m mark, but Mayor Drummond has previously said it was a “lot less” than £2m.

The building has been empty since July 2004 and talks have taken place with a number of interested developers.

In 2011 the local authority entered into a “lock-out” agreement with owner Schroders to give it time to produce a feasibility study.

If the sale does go through, two thirds of the site could be redeveloped for housing and the rest for commercial use.