PLANS for 125 new homes on Wearside have been given the go-ahead.
Sunderland City Council has granted outline planning permission for the development to be built in Emerson Road, Washington.
Muse Developments submitted the proposal for the 10-acre site of the former Emerson House Child Benefit Centre, which has been vacant for more than a decade.
Councillors unanimously approved the plans and the developer said there was “an extremely high level of support from the local community”
Simon Dew, Muse Developments’ senior development surveyor, said: “We are delighted to have secured planning consent for a development that will make a major contribution to the vitality and character of the wider Washington area.
“The Muse team worked closely with both the community and Sunderland City Council throughout the planning process and this decision is reflective of the hard work of all the individuals involved with this process.”
The application was first submitted by Muse in November to build the houses on the former DSS site.
At the time some objections were raised by residents.
David Regan, of Redshank Close, which is near the site, wrote on the council website: “The current layout of junctions on Emerson Road is very poor. There are far too many in a short space of roadway.
“The proposed access is in a bad position which will give us loss of privacy, noise from this extra junction and cause a health and safety issue regarding the access to and from the estate.
“Cars, vans and HGV trucks are currently always speeding from the Crowther industrial estate down to the A195 main roundabout and any returning to the Crowther estate.”