Plans for 35 homes in Seaton Carew

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PLANS to build 35 new houses on the site of a former youth centre and sports hall will be decided next month.

The Dunelm Homes scheme, off Elizabeth Way, is part of wider Hartlepool Borough Council plans to redevelop and breathe new life into areas of Seaton Carew.

The plan is to demolish the sports hall, youth centre and caretaker’s house and build 35 new houses on the site, which is adjacent to Seaton Carew Nursery School, in Brompton Walk.

Youth groups have already been relocated from the youth centre to the Golden Flatts School site.

If the plans do get the go-ahead next month the new houses would be a mix of detached, semi detached and terraced houses with two, three and four-bedroom properties.

The council’s planning committee met yesterday morning following a site visit but the plans were deferred until next month as the consultation period is still open.

Hartlepool Borough Council is working with the Esh Group, one of the North-East’s biggest construction firms, on the multi-million pound plans to build dozens of new homes and community facilities at Seaton Carew.

The phased development will happen over the next five to six years.

The plans could see between 72 and 138 homes built in Coronation Drive, 35 in Elizabeth Way and 42 homes on part of the old fairground site, off The Front.

A report to yesterday’s planning committee said: “The application site is one of a number of council owned sites within Seaton Carew which have been highlighted for redevelopment as part of the overall regeneration of the area.

“It is proposed to enhance the area by creating quality spaces that have an attraction to enable economic growth and attract visitors.”

Officers say there are a number of “minor issues outstanding” in relation to the site layout and negotiations with the applicant are ongoing.

Labour councillor Rob Cook, chairman of the planning committee, said: “This item will be deferred until the next meeting.

“A site visit was carried out before this meeting but the publicity period is still outstanding.”

The scheme also includes plans to demolish the Capanac Leisure-owned Longscar Centre, which has stood empty for several years.

Officers said recently they are in negotiations with the owners to secure the site by agreement but a compulsory purchase order (CPO) could be used if necessary.

Ward councillors for Seaton recently described the overall project as “really exciting”.

Speaking at a recent meeting, independent councillor Paul Thompson said: “Potentially the benefits to this are town wide.”

The council’s planning committee is next due to meet on June 5 at the Civic Centre.