A major 1,260 new home development in Hartlepool has been approved today by councillors.
The South West Extension was granted planning permission at a meeting of Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee by eight votes to one.
Full planning permission was given to developer Persimmon Homes for 144 houses at the north of the 97-hectare greenfield site behind the Fens estate and Brierton Lane.
And outline permission was granted for another 1,116 houses plus a pub/restaurant, medical centre, 500 square metres of retail units, public open space, playing fields, drainage features and other infrastructure.
Numerous objections to the development were raised including by residents, ward councillors, Greatham Parish Council, Hartlepool Civic Society and the Durham branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England.
They regarded the impact on wildlife, flooding risk and the scale of the development.
But the applicant said they had worked hard to consult with residents and the council to try and address concerns.
Concerns over the development was one of the main reasons given when the council scrapped its local plan in 2012.
But officers said the council cannot currently show how it can meet the town’s housing demand for the next five years.