Changes to controversial bungalow development in Dalton Piercy nodded through by councillors

Controversial plans for a 31-bungalow development have moved a step closer to completion after minor amendments were approved.

Thursday, 1st August 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 1st August 2019, 3:35 pm
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In 2017 councillors on Hartlepool Borough Council Planning committee approved plans from Wynyard Homes to build 31 bungalows on land off Dalton Heights, Dalton Piercy, which work has now started on.

At the time the plans attracted 65 objection letters from residents including a 79-signature petition from 49 homes in the village, however were ultimately approved by councillors.

The applicant has since submitted plans for minor amendments to be made to the scheme involving the position of the water main and garages, along with minor landscaping and road layout changes.

47 objections were submitted to the latest plans, reiterating how the original scheme was opposed by residents, worries over vehicle access, congestion and the visual appearance of the plans.

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The application was referred to the planning committee due to the number of objections which were received, but the proposals were unanimously approved by councillors.

Graeme Pearson, from GAP Design, planning agent for the applicant, spoke at the meeting of the benefits of the development, and noted the latest plans were for amendments of a ‘very minor nature’.

He said: “This minor modification application is required to access the water main running across the site.

“Although the position has been recorded as being fairly accurate, the final exact location has required some small tweaking of a few bungalows and their garages.

“The development represents the town’s most concentrated development of bungalows in many years, providing much-needed single level development within the town. “

He added there is also ‘a few little tweaks’ to some of the bungalows due to how work has progressed in recent months.

Council senior planning officer Ryan Cowley had recommended the plans for approval ahead of the meeting, adding the majority of objections related to the principle of development previously approved.

Plans had also previously been submitted by the applicant for an extra three bungalows to be built on the site, however they were later withdrawn.