New housing plans for Henry Smith School site to be deferred

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PLANS to transform a former school site into a new 138-home housing estate look set to be deferred.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee was due to meet this week to discuss plans by the Vela Group for the new estate on the former Henry Smith School site, in King Oswy Drive.

But the “hybrid application”, which includes full permission for 25 houses and outline permission for the remaining 113 houses, looks likely to be deferred.

A planning report said: “A number of key consultation responses are outstanding including the traffic and transportation section’s comments. In addition a revised layout and master plan have been received and re-consultation is being carried out on the amendments.

“Further information is also awaited in respect of drainage as discussions with Northumbrian Water and the applicant are ongoing.

“Finally, discussions are ongoing with the applicant with regard to the provision of appropriate developer contributions.”

The update report recommends the application be deferred.

The committee will meet on Wednesday at 10am at the Civic Centre, Victoria Road, Hartlepool.