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Keepmoat secures approval for more than 200 Hartlepool homes

A housebuilder has secured planning permission for 234 homes in Hartlepool.

Keepmoat Homes, supported by Hartlepool Borough Council and the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority, will redevelop a former car dealership site on the town’s Brenda Road in Hartlepool.

The base was formerly used by Ford Motors.

Bosses say the development will feature a range of 150 private homes for sale, which will comprise of two, three and four-bedroom properties.

A further 84 two and three-bedroom bungalows and houses will be built for the council to provide affordable housing.

Councillor Shane Moore, leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “This is a fantastic development, which absolutely goes with everything that we’ve been saying over the past few years about the council intervening, and once again building our own housing stock to provide good quality homes and truly affordable homes for our residents.

“Since its closure, the site has often been a target for anti-social behaviour and this positive development will certainly help to reduce this.”

As part of Keepmoat Homes’ commitment to employment and opportunities in the region, the new development will both safeguard and create 725 construction jobs.

Ian Prescott, North East Land and Partnerships director said: “We are delighted to have secured planning consent along with the Brown Field Grant approval for this challenging site.

“As well as bringing competitively priced high-quality homes for first time buyers to the town, the scheme will also deliver a significant number of much needed affordable homes. This will include bungalows for older persons or those with disabilities.

“This £35 million project will also safeguard and create over 700 construction related jobs, which will massively benefit the local community.”

The business has secured a £1.9 million Brown Field Grant from the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority to assist the project, which will help transform the community and bring economic benefit to the area.

Work is due to start this month.