Plans approved to build 1,100 new homes on three sites on outskirts of Hartlepool

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MAJOR planning applications for up to 1,100 new homes on three sites on the outskirts of Hartlepool have won the backing of councillors.

The applications for Wynyard were granted approval by Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee at a special meeting last night.

All three were approved despite dozens of objections being lodged by locals concerned at the scale of the developments and the impact they could have on the surrounding roads and infrastructure.

Wynyard Park won approval for two applications.

The first was for up to 200 houses on land north of the A689 at Wynyard Business Park.

The plans also include up to 400 square metres of commercial development and over 101,000 square metres of office space together with a local centre and multi-use games area.

Matt Johnson, development director for Wynyard Park, said: “This development promises to have huge economic impact for the town.

“Over the last eight years we have generated over £250 million of private investment.”

But Mr Johnson said that level of commercial growth was not sustainable given the economic climatte and that house builders were one of the few industries which was spending.

“Getting them on board is crucial to bring much needed jobs and investment to the borough,” he said.

Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher said: “Overall, I think this is a great opportunity for Hartlepool.”

But Councillor Keith Fisher felt the development will make existing traffic problems on the A689 and A19 worse.

Officers said they had been unable to reach an agreement over the level of affordable housing the applicant would provide.

But councillors accepted a motion by Coun Akers-Belcher to accept a £1.42m developer contribution towards affordable housing anywhere in Hartlepool.

Outline plans by Wynyard Park for up to 400 homes, a potential primary school, local centre, multi-use games area, playing field and landscaping for a separate development on land north of the A689 at Wynyard Business Park were also approved unanimously.

The final application by Wynyard Hall for up to 500 houses, a primary school, nursery, retail unit and doctors surgery at Wynyard Village was also approved.