Plans to build hundreds of homes could kickstart Sunderland’s economic recovery

Plans to build hundreds of new homes in Sunderland could kickstart the city’s economic recovery, a developer says.

Gentoo Homes has finalised plans for a major £45m investment into new affordable housing following a public consultation.

Working in partnership with Homes England, it hopes to build 268 new homes in the city.

If approved, the project could create 693 jobs.

The plans are coupled with Sunderland City Council’s ongoing regeneration programme with projects such as Riverside Sunderland, the Strategic Transport Corridor and the new Music Arts and Culture Quarter in the city centre taking shape.

The schemes, if approved, could also bring around £5.5m extra spend to the city and the region, with £1.5m of this retained in Sunderland.

The new homes could be built at the following location:

  • Central Downhill, Sunderland
  • Conishead Centre, Silksworth
  • Cragdale Gardens, Hetton-Le-Hole
  • Cricklewood Road, Hylton Castle
  • Eastbourne Square, Carley Hill
  • Land off Hylton Lane, Town End Farm
  • Prestbury Road, Pennywell
  • Land at Willows Close, Columbia

Gentoo is proposing to create affordable new places to live, from bungalows for the city’s ageing population, to modern, contemporary and spacious two, three and four family properties.

As part of their approach to meeting zero carbon, the company is also looking to implement carbon saving measures to the new homes.

Nigel Wilson, chief executive officer at Gentoo Group, said: “Sunderland is a city in transformation and it’s clear the significant amount of development and construction work that is ongoing across Wearside will be the catalyst for social and economic growth post Covid-19.

“We’re pleased to playing our part by submitting plans to build much needed new modern affordable rented housing that our tenants and the people of Sunderland deserve.”

Coun Rebecca Atkinson, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for dynamic city, said: “There’s a lot of fantastic work going on in Sunderland with all our partners delivering a range of housing and regeneration projects.

“Housing for all includes more affordable homes, bungalows for older people, and more appropriate accommodation for people who need support.

“As well as meeting local housing needs, new works and development help create the dynamic, healthy and vibrant city our residents deserve and have told us they want to see. Gentoo is very much part of this work.”

Coun Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “High quality housing for everyone in Sunderland is an absolute priority for this city council.

“As a council we work closely with all developers and are supportive of Gentoo’s plans and its contribution to making Sunderland more dynamic, healthy and vibrant.

“Plus, when we keep contractors and the supply chain as local as possible we all help support businesses in the North East.

“By building new homes, and with continued development in our infrastructure, we are all offering more housing choice and continuing our city’s social and economic transformation.”

Last year, Gentoo announced a major £117m investment into affordable housing in Sunderland, committing to creating 900 additional homes in the city by 2024.

Chronicle Live – Sunderland