Plans for mansion submitted

Conservative councillor Ray Wells at the Tunstall Court site
Conservative councillor Ray Wells at the Tunstall Court site

AMENDED plans to transform an arson-hit historic mansion into new homes have been submitted.

Developers want to partially demolish Tunstall Court, in the Ward Jackson Park area of Hartlepool, and create 16 new homes in the main building, along with 12 executive-style detached houses in the grounds.

The front of Tunstall Court would be kept intact.

It is the second time that owner Ruttle Property Holdings has submitted plans to Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning department.

Last time round officers called for changes - which relate to the rear of the building - to be made to the plans.

A second round of consultation will now be carried out on the plans before they go in front of the council’s planning committee later this summer.

Conservative councillor Ray Wells, who represents the Park ward, said: “I am delighted that after a year of intense negotiations with the developer, and more importantly the residents, I have been informed by the head of planning that the application should be before members no later than August this year.”

The building has been hit by more than 30 fires in the last five years causing councillors to label it a “deathtrap”.

Coun Wells, who sits on the planning committee, will declare an interest when it comes to the planning committee, but reserves the right to speak as a ward councillor.

Originally built for the Furness shipbuilding family, Tunstall Court was taken over by the council who used it as a training venue before selling it in 2005.