POTENTIAL housing sites across Hartlepool that could provide almost 2,000 new homes in the next five years have been identified.
Pieces of land all over the town have been looked at by Hartlepool Borough Council for its Strategic Housing Land Availability.
Councillors were today considering the results of the latest assessment by the Regeneration Services committee.
Local authorities are encouraged to prepare a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment to help meet their area’s housing needs.
A report prepared by Damien Wilson, the council’s assistant director for regeneration, stated: “The SHLAA does not allocate any sites for development and the inclusion of a particular site does not necessarily mean that it would be granted planning permission or allocated for development in the Local Plan.”
Hartlepool’s 2014 study identified sites available within five years with the potential for 1,969 new homes – an average of 393 a year.
That is just above an average annual target of 384.
And with sites in Hartlepool that have already been granted planning permission, the number of potential new homes rises to 3,599, equating to an average of 720 each year.
Mr Wilson added: “This therefore allows the flexibility of choosing the most appropriate sites from the SHLAA list for inclusion as allocations within the Local Plan.”
Further work is also underway by the council to determine Hartlepool’s five-year housing demand and report on the Strategic Housing Market Assessment will go to the council later.