Mixed views from councillors about new Seaton Carew housing complex

Hartlepool Civic Centre.
Hartlepool Civic Centre.

COUNCILLORS on an estate where a new housing complex will be built say that overall they are happy with the plans.

But some residents living near to the proposed site have expressed some concern about the height of some of the planned buildings.

Councillor Thomas Hind, UKIP councillor for the Seaton ward, said: “While the actual development is welcomed by the residents of Seaton, there have been several objections to the plans and this is ongoing.

“Parts of the plans are very contentious because they are not in keeping with the area. They are intending to build three and four storey buildings which the residents of Seaton Lane are not happy about.

“I’ve had a couple of meetings with at least half a dozen residents to this part of the plan, and although overall they are quite happy with it, this does need to be changed.”

Paul Thompson, independent councillor for the Seaton ward, said he was particularly impressed with the fact that part of the development would be for ex-military personnel.

He said: “I think it’s a really good development.

“I’ve had a real good look at it, and it’s something that is going to be unique to Hartlepool and also the whole of the region.

“There are very similar developments in the United States and from what I have read they have been very successful.”

He added: “It’s an amazing scheme, it’s really well thought out and you can see they’ve spent a number of months and years pulling this together and I think it will be really good for the town and the wider area.”

Coun Thompson also said that residents who are regularly plagued by off-road motor vehicles on the site, which is currently wasteland, will be relieved of the menace once the land is built upon.

There will also be a ward surgery for Seaton Carew residents to discuss the building plans, or any other matters, in Seaton Carew Library, Station Lane, on July 5, from 11am until 2pm.