ALMOST 150 new homes will be built in a Wearside town after councillors gave plans the go-ahead.
Hellens Development now has the green light to build 148 homes at the former Broomhill site in Hetton, just off Houghton Road.
Barratt Homes will carry out the work, which could begin later this year.
Bosses have said the development will not affect the historic Stephenson Trail, which is part of the estate and was built on the route of George Stephenson’s 1822 railway.
However, a meeting of the Hetton, Houghton and Washington planning sub-committee at Sunderland City Council agreed that a decision on a further 80 homes, east of the approved area, be deferred until another meeting later this year.
Bellway Homes is the firm which is hoping to get approval for the proposals.
Concerns have been expressed that the developments could worsen problems with flooding on nearby estates.
Independent councillor Colin Wakefield, who represents Copt Hill ward in Houghton, said: “The real issue is what they do with the water and sewage that comes off the site.
“The effect it could have downstream is already quite severe, and people living at Rainton Bridge, The Grove and Dairy Lane are worried it will make it worse.”
Gavin Cordwell-Smith, chief executive of Hellens Group, said: “Hellens are delighted that we have received planning consent for the redevelopment of the former Broomhill Estate in Hetton le Hole.
“The development will contribute highly to the regeneration of the area and will help create a sustainable community where people wish to live and enjoy their leisure time.
“We are delighted with the support we have received to date from the local community, and we look forward to continuing to work with them during the construction phase.”
A decision on whether or not approve the 80 homes is expected to be made in October, after further investigations by Northumbrian Water into concerns members have about site drainage.