Wild West re-enactment group gets green light to operate near Hartlepool

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A GROUP which re-enacts the life of the old-west of America has been granted planning permission for the use of a site near a quiet village.

Irene and Harry Callaghan run the Western Living History Group in farmland near to Dalton Piercy, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.

The group, which uses the site to re-enact the old west, has been running for the past couple of years but the organisers, who rent the land, needed to apply for planning permission to officially change the use of the site.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee unanimously backed the plans at a recent meeting, held at the Civic Centre.

The Western Living History Group has around 50 members and they tend to meet once a month, especially during the summer season.

A planning report said: “The application seeks permission to regularise the use of the application site by a Western Living History Group and for the siting of caravans which the group use when they are using the site.

“The group use the site to re-enact the life of the old west of America.

“A number of single storey buildings have been erected on the south east corner of the site in the style of frontier style cabins.

“A stable block which previously existed on the site has been superficial altered in a frontier style.”

The report added that the planning application was to establish permission for the use of the site and that an application for the buildings will be the subject of a separate application to the council’s planning department.

Ahead of the meeting, the council’s planning team had received just one letter of objection which raised concerns about highway safety and fears that unoccupied buildings on the site would attract squatters.

But councillors didn’t believe the plans would cause residents too much trouble and approved the application.

Conservative group leader, Coun Ray Martin-Wells, said: “I don’t think is a massive issue for Dalton Piercy.

“I have been called a bit of a cowboy in the past, so I should really support this,” he joked.

Speaking afterwards Mr Callaghan said: “We have around 50 members now and we tend to meet once a month.

“The site is away from the main road.”