Plans in to transform former Brierton School site

The former Brierton School site
The former Brierton School site

MAJOR plans to transform a former school site into new houses and leisure facilities will go before planners next week.

Hartlepool Borough Council is looking to revamp the former Brierton School site, off Catcote Road, and has already demolished part of the lower site ahead of relocating services and building a new 3G sports pitch at a total cost of £2m.

Now councillors on the planning committee will meet next week to discuss the application which includes a new £600,000 3G pitch and floodlights.

The council is also looking to change the use of the building from school to office space, improve playing fields and outline permission for up to 107 houses and a new swimming pool, a long-term goal dependant on securing funding.

The plans were advertised with 309 letters sent but just one came back which raised no objection.

A report said: “The proposed works will result in the retention and improvement of much of the site’s playing field area as high quality pitches along with the existing Brierton Community Sports Centre indoor facilities and the addition of a 3G artificial turf pitch.

“It is considered the proposed works will further develop Brierton as a sports and recreation hub.”

The plans are recommended to be approved subject to certain conditions being agreed.

Over the past few months, sections of the lower school building – which used to house the food and textiles classes – and the greenhouse have been flattened along with the swimming pool.

The aim is to build new houses on land which used to house the top site with funding from the land sale helping to pay for the regeneration of the wider site.

From January 2014 the Pupil Referral Unit and Education Development Centre, both currently based at the Golden Flatts site at Seaton Lane, are set to relocate on the lower part of the site with training and conference areas.

The council-run Brierton Sports Centre will be retained and kitchen facilities used for the council’s in-house catering team, rather than Golden Flatts Primary School.

The planning committee will meet on Wednesday, September 25, at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road, at 10am.