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ONCE MORE: Councillors to see 14 homes plan again

ONCE MORE: Councillors to see 14 homes plan again

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Plans are due to go before councillors once more for 14 new homes near Summerhill Visitor Centre in Hartlepool.

Proposals will be discussed by Hartlepool Borough Council Planning Committee on Wednesday for the new three and four bed homes at Southbrooke Farm in Summerhill Lane.

Twice previously in recent months the proposals were scheduled to go before councillors, before being withdrawn in April, and again in June following the receipt of further amended plans and consultation with the committee chair.

The amended scheme reduces the number of house types in the development, along with other slight changes, but the total number of properties remains the same.

Following further consultation, a total of eight letters of support have been received from residents, arguing the “good quality homes” proposed will have a “positive effect” on the area.

A report ahead of the meeting from council senior planning officer Jane Tindall, has recommended the proposals are refused however, deeming the principle of development “unacceptable”.

The plans, from applicant Mike Dickinson, were previously approved by councillors in 2017, subject to a legal agreement securing planning contributions, which the applicant had agreed to pay at the time.

However, since then the applicant contacted council officers and said they are unable to pay the required contributions.

The costs totalled more than £230,000 and would have included contributions towards highways, education and sporting facilities in Hartlepool.

In her report Ms Tindall states without the financial planning contributions in place the development is “unsustainable”, while other concerns were also raised.

She said: “The proposals would have a detrimental impact upon the amenity of future occupiers of the proposed dwellings in terms of poor outlook, visual impact in terms of dominance.”

 

Words: Nic Marko, Local Democracy Reporter


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