Plans approved for 51 new homes as part of continued housing growth in Wynyard

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Plans have been approved for 51 new homes as part of continued housing growth in Wynyard.

Proposals to develop an undeveloped 5.93 hectares of agricultural land in Wynyard, south of the A689, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, had been submitted to Hartlepool Council's planning department. Wynyard Homes' application sought to provide 51 new three and four bedroom properties at the site, which will comprise of a mixture of three types of bungalow and chalet bungalow.

However, 25 objections were submitted opposing the plans, raising concerns around overdevelopment in Wynyard, the loss of green space, increased traffic and the lack of amenities to support the growing population.

Councillors at the latest meeting of the planning committee on April 17 approved the application, with eight in favour and two abstentions, in line with recommendations from officers. Council planners had ruled the proposal "represents sustainable development" and the provision of bungalows is "welcome and provides further range and choice of housing at Wynyard".

This approval is subject to a legal agreement securing more than £835,000 in planning contributions from the developer towards the likes of affordable housing, primary and secondary school provision, highways improvements and NHS, sports and play facilities in the area.

Chair of Wynyard Parish Council (Hartlepool), Keith Malcolm, expressed concern at a meeting over the planned new development. He pointed out potential negatives including extended build time, increased traffic, and an ongoing dearth of amenities in the area.

He shared: "Our objections are based upon what we conceive is further overdevelopment, loss of open green space, loss of recreational area and natural habitats." Following Stoney Wood Drive, the plan will connect to an approved adjacent scheme from Robertson Homes for 143 homes.

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