Hartlepool Borough Council

Planning Policy

Neighbourhood Planning

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The Government has introduced the right for communities to undertake Neighbourhood Planning activity through the Localism Act, allowing a new way for local people to decide and shape the future of the places where they live and work.

Neighbourhood Planning can help communities:
Choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built
Have their say on what those buildings should look like
Grant Planning Permission for the new buildings that they want to see.


In Hartlepool, the Neighbourhood Plan (encompassing the five Parishes of Dalton Piercy, Elwick, Greatham, Hart and Newton Bewley) working group has secured £20,000 from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and an additional support package delivered by Planning Aid England to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan.  The working group have developed a draft Neighbourhood Plan for their area and are currently consulting on the plan, to establish wider support for the document ensuring it addresses the key issues identified through consultation in relation to Housing, Rural Economy, Transport, Natural Environment and Built Environment. 

All households and businesses in the area will receive a questionnaire, there are also a number of consultations taking place across the area, and remaining dates are:

  • Blue Bells Pub, Newton Bewley - Tuesday 23 September 4pm - 7pm
  • Greatham Community Centre - Monday 29 September 10am - 8pm
  • Quads 4 All Centre, Brierton - Wednesday 1 October 4pm - 7pm

Click here to view the Rural Plan designated boundary


The Headland Parish Council has been working with Hartlepool Borough Council to develop their Neighbourhood Plan. A working group has been established, the group has worked with the Prince's Foundation to develop a report (click here to view the Prince's Foundation Headland Neighbourhood Plan report) to assist the initial stages of the development of the Neighbourhood Plan. 

Click here to view the designated Headland Neighbourhood Plan boundary.  

The Headland Neighbourhood Plan working group have been progressing to develop their Neighbourhood Plan.  The group have evaluated the report developed in conjunction with the Prince's Foundation and been working to gather evidence to develop certain policy areas.   At this stage the focus following consultation is around developing policies on the following:

  • Design and heritage of the public realm and the group is looking to possibly develop a specific design guide. 
  • Focus on the commercial area (specifically Northgate) - quality, use and parking related issues.
  • Vacant buildings
  • Heritage Assets

The Headland Neighbourhood Plan working group meet regularly, if you would like more information about the group or the Headland Neighbourhood Plan, including meeting information please contact the group by email, headlandparish@btconnect.com or visit www.headlandparish.co.uk.



Wynyard Residents Association has been working with Grindon Parish Council to start the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for the Wynyard area, encompassing the Wynyard Park and Wynyard Woods area. The boundary includes the Grindon and Elwick Parishes and spans the boroughs of both Hartlepool and Stockton.  A working group has been developed, and the boundary for the Wynyard Neighbourhood Plan has been designated. 

The group secured support from Locality to assist them through the boundary designation process and have secured a further grant to assist with the costs of the development of the Neighbourhood Plan.  The working group completed a comprehensive consultation exercise with residents to identify issues and opportunities in February / March 2014 which achieved a response rate of 47%.  The priority for the group is to analyse this data and use the information to focus the development of the Neighbourhood Plan.

Please click on the following titles to view the documents associated with the Wynyard Neighbourhood Plan designation;

Appendix 1 - Map of Wynyard Neighbourhood Area
Appendix 2A - Supporting Statement
Appendix 2B - Letter of support from Elwick PC
Appendix 3A - Explanatory Map
Appendix 3B - Key to Explanatory Map
Application Letter - HBC


The Park Neighbourhood Plan is no longer being progressed.  The application for the Park Neighbourhood Planning Forum and boundary designation was considered and refused by Hartlepool Borough Council as Local Planning Authority on 19 February 2014 at a meeting of its Planning Committee, click here to view the formal decision notice.


If you would like further information on Neighbourhood Planning, please visit: http://www.communities.gov.uk.  For further information on the Neighbourhood Plans in Hartlepool please contact the Community Regeneration and Development Team on 01429 523703.

Please note - due to the format of the plans used on this page, there may be accuracy issues if an image is enlarged.  To request a high resolution version of any plans contact the Planning Policy Team on planningpolicy@hartlepool.gov.uk.

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