£10million homes scheme for Sunderland pyrex site

The proposed scheme
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LONG-AWAITED work to redevelop a former glassworks site could start before the end of the year.

The 17-acre Pyrex and Corning factories land, off Pallion New Road, has remained an unused eyesore since 2007.

The recession and downturn in the construction industry has seen plans for the Millfield area – labelled the Lisburn Terrace Triangle – be slow to materliase.

But now owner St Modwen has submitted a new planning application to the city council to build 212 family homes there.

“This is a significant development for Sunderland,” said residential director Guy Gusterson. “And we are pleased to be moving forward with the application.

“If we receive consent for the detailed planning permission, houses build will start later in the year.”

The £10million scheme – which does not involve the Rocktop or North East Motor Salvage works – includes open public space and landscaping across the site.

Until it shut in March 2007, workers had been making glassware at the Corning site since the end of the 19th century.

The neighbouring Arc International plant closed six months later, ending Sunderland’s long tradition of industrial glass-making.

Entrepreneur James A Jobling took over struggling Wear Flint Glass Works in 1885.

Success came when his nephew Ernest Purser bought the rights to heat-resistant glass from the American Corning Company in 1921 - and Pyrex was born.

The new residential planning application is part of a national joint venture between St Modwen and Persimmon, established in August.

It aims to build 2,000 homes, with a value of £300million, on seven sites over the next five years.

“We are very pleased to submit the detailed planning application for the development, Daniel le Neveu, group development director at Persimmon.

“The development will offer a choice of two, three and four bedroom homes to be marketed for sale by Persimmon Homes.”