Councillors have unanimously backed selling vacant land previously home to a Hartlepool day centre to allow the site to be brought back into use.

Hartlepool Borough Council has been approached by a local company interested in purchasing land at Mainsforth Terrace which was previously home to the Havelock Day Centre, demolished in 2020.

The private developer wants to provide “a number of small light industrial units with office space above.”

The Northern Echo: The outside of the former Havelock Day CentreThe outside of the former Havelock Day Centre (Image: LDR)

Council officers said such use, which will be subject to planning consent, is one that will “enhance the borough’s light industrial base, helping to grow the Hartlepool economy.”

A report which went before the latest meeting of council’s finance and policy committee sought approval for the sale following negotiations, and was unanimously supported by councillors.

Councillor Mike Young, council leader, said: “Obviously the [council’s] audit and governance committee is looking at derelict sites and derelict buildings.

The Northern Echo: The site will now become industrial unitsThe site will now become industrial units (Image: LDR)

“The fact that people are now starting to come back into the mix and look at pieces of land to be brought back into use is a great achievement.

“If anything, maybe the audit and governance situation has stimulated thought processes around the town.”

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The site was previously home to a day centre for people with disabilities, offering craft and social activities, advice on benefits, care, disability issues, respite care and more.

However the services offered from the building were incorporated into the Centre For Independent Living in Burbank Street when it opened in 2017, leaving the site “redundant” until it was demolished.

Council chiefs have said revenue generated from the sale will be reinvested in the local area, while the terms negotiated are considered to represent “best value” in the current market.