Talks over future of Hartlepool coastguard station delayed

Headland Lighthouse
Headland Lighthouse

PLANS to discuss the conversion of a former coastguard station into a one-bedroomed home have been delayed.

The proposal to transform the building, which is near to the Heugh Gun Battery, on Hartlepool’s Headland, was due to be discussed and decided on at the meeting of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Planning Committee this week.

But due to a recent objection being made by PD Ports about the proposal, the decision-making was deferred for council officers to carry out further investigations.

It is expected to be considered by members some time next month.

The scheme would involve a first floor extension to provide new living space and a viewing gallery looking out to the sea.

The proposed development, which is also next to the listed Heugh Lighthouse, has prompted a flurry of objections.

The site lies within the Headland Conservation Area meaning any development will be subject to greater scrutiny.

But despite fears the development would harm the historic character of the area, English Heritage is not objecting.

A total of 19 letters of objection have been lodged with the council compared to three letters in support.

Objectors claim the proposal would blight the area as it is not in keeping with its surroundings.

Others say the proposed design is too modern and the building work would cause disturbance to the Heugh Gun Battery which is an open museum.

Papers for the council’s planning committee say the battery, which is a designated heritage asset, is one of the focal points of the conservation area.

But officers add the area’s buildings feature a wide mix of architecture and uses.

The applicants say the plans have been designed to echo other buildings around the lighthouse.