Developer hopes for decision in new year on plans for 220 new homes in Hartlepool

Bosses behind plans for 220 new homes in Hartlepool said they are hoping to hear a decision early in the new year.

Thursday, 19th December 2019, 4:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th December 2019, 1:02 pm
The site of the proposed development.

Hartlepool Borough Council Planning Committee this week deferred making a decision on proposals for a 220 home residential development off Elwick Road to allow them to conduct a site visit.

The site subject to the plans from Barratt Homes North East lies to the west of Cairnston Road and to the south of Worset Lane and has an area of approximately 11.3 hectares.

An outline application for the development was given planning approval last year, with the latest proposals detailing the layout, scale and appearance of the proposed new housing development.

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A representative from Barratt Homes said they were pleased to see the plans had been recommended for approval by council officers prior to them being deferred.

They also added they were keen to return to committee early in the new year for a decision on the plans.

They said: “In light of the planning meeting with Hartlepool Borough Council, we were pleased to see officers expressing their support for our new development.

“As plans have been deferred for a site visit, we will be submitting a request to Hartlepool Borough Council for a special committee meeting early in the new year, so that we can continue to commence delivery of this scheme.”

The plans were initially recommended for refusal by council planning officers, before more information was submitted by the applicant leading to them being recommended for approval.

Representatives from Barratt Homes also said the homes will provide a boost to Hartlepool and they are committed to making contributions to sport, education and highways in the area.

They continued: “The Elwick development has been carefully designed in-line with the Hartlepool Local Plan, and will offer a total of 220 well-designed two, three and four-bedroom homes, as well as the provision of 4.1ha of multi-functional green infrastructure.

“This open space includes footpaths, cycleways and outdoor play areas, and will provide an attractive and useable open space for residents of the proposed development and the surrounding village of Elwick.

“Along with the provision of affordable homes on the site, Barratt Homes continue to support the communities in which it builds by making significant contributions of almost £3.5m to support education, sports facilities and public open spaces – including a £2.6m contribution to local highways.”

A decision on the plans will be made by the council planning committee in the new year.