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PROPOSALS SUBMITTED: Plan for 12 bungalows in Hartlepool

PROPOSALS SUBMITTED: Plan for 12 bungalows in Hartlepool

Plans have been lodged for a new 12 bungalow development in Hartlepool, Image: LDRS

Plans have been lodged for a new 12 bungalow development in Hartlepool targeted at over 55s and those needing extra support with disabilities.

Proposals have been submitted to Hartlepool Borough Council planning department for the two bedroom affordable bungalows to be provided at the former Wynyard House site, in Wynyard Road.

Submitted by North Star Housing Group, plans state the bungalows would be split evenly between supported and general needs clients.

For the proposed supported bungalows, two units have been designed to wheelchair standards, and four units would be allocated to residents with a varying range of learning disabilities.

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The vacant Wynyard House office block in Wynyard Road in Hartepool, with plans lodged to demolish it

A design and access statement from Edwards Architecture, on behalf of the applicant, says the scheme will benefit the area.

It said: “The layout has been configured to provide a safe and pleasant environment for all of the residents, with private gardens as well as individual parking bays and an area of communal landscaping.

“Demand has been identified in this area for a mixed community of general needs and supported clients.

“We believe that the development will have a positive contribution to the area and its residents.”

The proposed six general needs bungalows would be designated for over 55s and will be designed accordingly to meet the needs of the older persons population, according to plans.

Along with a private garden for each bungalow, the site would feature a larger communal area, maintained by North Star, for residents to use.

This would “encourage users to get to know other residents living on the site, to help build relationships and form a cohesive community”, according to the plans.

A statement from Hedley Planning Services, in support of the proposals, argued it is a suitable use of the site.

It said: “The proposed development as part of this application has been designed to the highest standard to ensure that the development will respect the local character and setting and will make a significant and important contribution to the housing market.”

The development would offer one car parking space for each bungalow, along with four visitor parking spaces.

The site was previously home to the ‘Wynyard House’ office building, and in 2019 council chiefs gave the go-ahead for the ‘vacant and vandalised’ site to be demolished.

A decision is expected to be made on the proposals by the council planning department in November.


Words: Nic Marko, Local Democracy Reporter

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