Plans finally in to replace bulldozed Sunderland council houses after land sits empty for six years

Land off St Lukes Road
Land off St Lukes Road
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EFFORTS to regenerate a housing estate have taken a step forward now plans to build more than 100 new affordable homes have been submitted.

Gentoo has applied to build 123 two-bedroom bungalows, two-bedroom apartments and houses offering up to four bedrooms as part of the next phase of its masterplan for High Ford.

If approved, they would be rented out to meet the demand for houses in the city.

The land, off St Luke’s Road and Front Road, was cleared of terraced houses built in the 1930s and 1940s back in 2007, and since then, it has been left as grassland, but stretches of road and path are still in place.

The housing company launched its High Ford renewal programme in 2002, and the decision was made to clear the land by bulldozing the houses.

Part of the site was sold to Sheffield-based building firm Gleeson, and its plans to construct 285 private homes were approved last year. Gentoo says the new homes it has planned would be centred on “excellent facilities and good transport infrastructure” and would see a brownfield site redeveloped.

Ian Porter, managing director of the Sunderland-based housing group, said: “We have made a planning application for the construction of 123 new properties on the land adjacent to St Luke’s Road, which will provide additional homes for rent in the area.

“We are in the very early stages of the planning application and will be displaying plans again in our office at the Havelock Civic Buildings, in Hylton Road, in the near future.”

A decision on the proposals has yet to be made by planning officials at Sunderland City Council.