Government inquiry ruled out over homes plan at Shiney Row college site

City of Sunderland College, Shiney Row campus,'Success Road,
City of Sunderland College, Shiney Row campus,'Success Road,
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CALLS from Wearside councillors for the secretary of state to stop a scheme which will see almost 150 homes built on a college site have been knocked back.

Earlier this year, Sunderland City Council approved proposals which will see a new estate created where Shiney Row College stands.

Around half of the houses at the Success Road development would be semi-detached, 30 per cent terrace homes, which could be up to three storeys high, and 20 per cent detached homes, with most two and three bedroomed properties.

Despite the plans being given the go-ahead, independent councillor Colin Wakefield has written to Secretary of State Eric Pickles in the hope that an inquiry into the scheme could be launched.

“I think we are losing assets and getting housing that there is definitely not a proven need for,” said Coun Wakefield, who represents the Copt Hill ward.

“The support structures are just not being put in place.

“The schools are at bursting point in some places nearby.

“The developers will make a quick buck while we are not controlling the area in the way we are supposed to be.

“We are not opposed to developments, but it has been controlled.”

Chief among Coun Wakfield’s other concerns are an increase in traffic, loss of trade for businesses near the college and the fact that a plan to create a sixth form at Kepier Academy, in Houghton, were recently rejected.

Plans by Esh Developments to be built more than 500 homes, retail premises and a learning centre at the Philadelphia Complex, just a few hundred yards from the college, were approved by councillors in the summer.

Despite Coun Wakefield’s calls however, Mr Pickles’ offices have written back to him to say that he will not be calling in the plans.

Sunderland College also has plans to build a new city centre campus, which will lead to the closure of its Hylton campus.

The college’s Bede campus has recently been given a £22million revamp and now includes a sports and arts centre.