Progress on redevelopment of Hartlepool's Pulse and Scarlets buildings

Progress is being made in bringing two key buildings in Church Street, both formerly home to nightclubs, back into use.

By Nic Marko
Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 5:23 pm
Scarlets in Church Street, Hartlepool. February 2020.
Scarlets in Church Street, Hartlepool. February 2020.

Councillors were given an update on plans to develop the former Pulse and the former Scarlets buildings in Church Street at the Hartlepool Borough Council Regeneration Services Committee meeting on Wednesday, February 17.

Both sites were allocated as ‘key vacant buildings’ in the Church Street Conservation Area as part of the Townscape Heritage Scheme, which has now been revised and extended to November 2022 due to issues such as Covid-19.

Sarah Scarr, council heritage and countryside manager, said both sites have planning permission and different routes are being looked at by owners to develop the buildings going forward.

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Scarlets in Church Street, Hartlepool. February 2020.

She noted the Pulse site has identified an occupier for part of the building, meaning they have stepped back from gaining a grant through the heritage scheme, while bosses behind the Scarlets site are pushing ahead with work as part of the scheme.

“So they decided that with the occupier in place, they didn’t want to take forward the works to the upper floors, so they didn’t want to pursue the grant application.

Pulse nightclub in Church Street, Hartlepool

It came after Cllr Brenda Loynes asked a question about what was happening to the buildings as part of the Church Street scheme.

The plans approved for the Pulse building give permission for it to be a site featuring a gin bar, student gallery and apartments.

Meanwhile planning permission was given for Scarlets to be converted into a cafe bistro and student accommodation.

Pulse nightclub in Church Street, Hartlepool

‘Key buildings’ were initially going to receive a conservation grant which would cover the deficit between the costs of the works and the end value of the building.

However the revised scheme, backed by councillors, will now be a more conventional grant scheme, offering 75% of the total costs of the works, for all buildings in the Church Street area.

Ms Scarr added of the Church Street building owners they have engaged with, none should lose out on funding, and all should still benefit from this revised scheme.

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