Road closure for demolition of 77 homes in Hartlepool

Demolition work underway at Raby Gardens.
Demolition work underway at Raby Gardens.

DRIVERS can expect to face disruption when the next phase of a redevelopment gets underway.

Homes are due to be demolished soon in Chatham Road, Hartlepool, in addition to properties that have already started to come down in the Raby Gardens area.

A road closure will be put in place for several weeks while the work is carried out.

A total of 77 houses in Raby Gardens, Raby Road, Chatham Gardens and Chatham Road are due to come down by the end of February.

The work is part of Housing Hartlepool’s Raby Road Gardens East Regeneration programme, which aims to breathe new life into the area.

Drivers who would have used Chatham Road are expected to be diverted along Raby Road, Challoner Road and Jesmond Gardens.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s traffic and transport team leader Peter Frost said: “The road closure will be necessary on safety grounds while the work is being done.”

Residents in the properties affected were notified of the plans when housing chiefs got the green light in January 2012. Mark Dutton, head of regeneration for Vela Group, which includes Housing Hartlepool, previously said: “We have started work to regenerate the Raby Gardens site, which will provide high-quality, sustainable housing for rent and affordable home ownership, as part of a four-phase development programme.

“Ongoing demolition works will see 77 empty properties demolished by the end of February, with 33 new two and three-bedroom homes built on the site during the first phase of development.

“The site is part of a network of locations in the area which have been earmarked for regeneration as part of the wider development plan.”

The houses being demolished were built in the 1940s.

But housing chiefs said they were getting too old and that it would be more cost effective to replace them.