Plans drawn up for new houses

Perth Street.
Perth Street.

PLANS have been submitted to build dozens of new houses in a rundown area of Hartlepool.

The Perth Street area of town will be transformed in a regeneration scheme which will see 201 terraced properties replaced with 83 modern homes.

Developers Keepmoat Homes has submitted plans for a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses to Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning department.

It is part of the council’s housing market renewal programme (HMR), which aims to regenerate rundown areas of town. The plans are expected to be heard by the planning committee before October 31.

The scheme includes land in Perth Street, Hurworth Street, Grainger Street, Gray Street, Turnbull Street and Raby Road.

Over the past couple of years, more than 100 properties in the area have been bought “by agreement” by the council, costing more than £3m.

But the development stalled after some landlords objected over plans to buy the remaining houses using compulsory purchase orders (CPOs).

That led to a three-day inquiry in February, where planning inspector Philip Major ruled that the council could use CPO.

The decision, backed by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, meant the local authority could buy the remaining properties using £5m of government funding.

Plans for the new housing estate have now been submitted.

A design statement by Keepmoat Homes said: “The house types are chosen to meet the needs of the potential market within that area.

“The types of units are targeted towards first-time buyers and second- time purchasers seeking a new, easy to maintain, energy efficient home.

“The road network areas offer a low-speed environment where pedestrian and cycling priority is strongly encouraged.

“Traffic calming measures will be implemented along the connecting roads and through the application site.”

It added that on-street parking will be kept to a minimum with spaces outside properties and other parking areas tucked away. The statement added: “The development is formed to offer natural surveillance and encourage passive policing to avoid any anti-social behaviour.”

The plans to use CPO were originally objected to by Jomast Property and Finance, which owned three houses in the area, and agent Thomas Stevenson, who represented 52 landlords.

They argued there had been no proper consultation with private landlords and that the proposals are out of date.

Residents who have been displaced because of the scheme and meet certain criteria are entitled to statutory compensation, known as home loss payments.

Tenants are entitled to payments of £4,700 while owner-occupiers are entitled to a minimum of £4,700 or 10 per cent of the market value of the property.That is on top of any fee agreed for the sale of their property.