Marina plan is turned down again

Coun Ray Wells pictured opposite the Ward Jackson park fountain.
Coun Ray Wells pictured opposite the Ward Jackson park fountain.

PLANS to demolish a unit at Hartlepool Marina and build a two-storey building in its place have been rejected.

Directors at Hartlepool Marina submitted plans to knock down the amenity block at the southern end of Navigation Point and replace it with a larger building which could have included either a cafe, restaurant or store.

The current building is used by boat and yacht owners and is directly opposite Abdiel House, which houses The Moorings Eaterie cafe.

But Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee rejected the re-submitted plans at a recent meeting by 10 votes to one.

Similar plans had already been rejected in June last year.

Councillors had concerns about the size and scale, drainage issues and the impact on other shops.

Ted Jackson, speaking on behalf of town businessman Darab Rezai, who owns The Moorings, said the proposals were “totally contrary to the design principles of the marina”.

He added that it would harm the character of the area.

Conservative group leader Ray Wells said: “The sheer mass of the building would be detrimental.”

Liberal Democrat councillor Edna Wright added: “This would be a blot on the landscape.”

Jeremy Good, a director at England and Lyle Planning Consultants, said: “I am disappointed as we have worked on these plans for two years now.

“We will be appealing and it is looking like we will be asking for a formal hearing to try and bottom out the issue.”

If the plans had been approved the ground floor of the new building would have been for commercial use with the yacht club and amenity facilities on the first floor including male and female changing facilities, a kitchen, bar area and cafe.

The plans included glazed canopies, a balcony and external spiral staircase.

A planning report to the committee explained that because the proposed building had a larger footprint than the current building it would have meant the loss of car parking spaces.