Vaux gateway plans approved

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MULTIMILLION-POUND plans to transform the area surrounding the Vaux site have been approved by councillors.

The proposals include making St Mary’s Way and Livingstone Road into a boulevard and the creation of a new public space called Magistrate’s Square.

Pre-planning proposals were approved by Sunderland City Council’s cabinet at a meeting yesterday.

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Coun Paul Watson, council leader, said: “This is the first step in achieving our long-term vision for the development of Vaux and Sunderland city centre.

“For our city centre to be prosperous it needs more people living and working in it and Vaux is the ideal site for a central business district.”

He said the remodelling of St Mary’s Way “is important in achieving our vision”. He added: “It is vital that the site is prepared to meet the needs and aspirations of both potential developers and the city as a whole.”

A planning application is now being prepared and is due to be submitted in late summer.

Work is set to start in spring 2013 with construction of the new road, which will take about a year to complete.

This will be followed by work to create the new public space, with the whole scheme complete by the end of 2014.

Consultation with businesses, residents, transport providers and other groups is starting.

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