It’s time to have your say on the future of Sunderland’s Vaux site.
The former brewery is the first of three sites to be transformed as part of the £100million-plus regeneration of Sunderland. Consultation events will take place until September.
Now that we have a timetable in place for the consultations, it means that things are starting to move.Coun Paul Watson
Siglion, the joint venture company between Sunderland City Council and Carillion, is drawing up a masterplan for the five-and-a-half hectare site, including office, hotel, leisure and residential uses together with infrastructure and car parking.
Consultations will share details of the proposals so Wearsiders’ views can be sought before the formal planning application towards the end of the year.
Siglion chief executive John Seager said: “There will be workshops for invited stakeholders to give their feedback on the plans, and a drop-in exhibition for members of the public in August. There will be a questionnaire which will be fed back to the design team.
“We’re also publishing information about the consultations at shapingsunderland.com, where there will be a blog for people’s feedback, surveys about the proposals and images.”
Similar consultations will be carried out on Siglion’s proposed mixed use development at Seaburn and residential development at Chapel Garth, with the public drop-in exhibitions scheduled to take place in September, October and November.
The information will be pulled together in a Statement of Community Involvement, to be submitted alongside the planning applications.
City council leader Coun Paul Watson said: “This will be the biggest regeneration Sunderland has ever seen, and it’s vital that people get involved in the way their city is being shaped for the future.
“Now that we have a timetable in place for the consultations, it means that things are starting to move. But it’s important to remember changes on this scale won’t happen overnight and the details that will be shared at the public consultations will give people a realistic guide of what to expect.”