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A BID to build a new housing estate in part of Sunderland is expected to get the green light when it goes before councillors.

Developer Gleeson Homes had submitted plans to construct 70 homes in Marley Pots.

Land near Maplewood Avenue had been earmarked for the development of a new two, three and four-bedroom estate.

Councillors have voted to refer the plans back to the City Council’s deputy chief executive.

However it is expected the plans will be recommended for approval and that work can get under way once the red tape is sorted out.

A planning meeting held at Sunderland City Council this week heard no objections had been received to the proposals to build 10 two-bedroom, 53 three-bedroom and seven four-bedroom homes.

Of these, 25 will be detached and the rest semi-detatched.

Roads and car parking will also be constructed on the 2.1 hectare piece of land, originally the site of 64 houses demolished by Gentoo as part of regeneration works in the area.

At a consultation event held in April, people living nearby welcomed the development but raised concerns over affordability and antisocial behaviour in the surrounding area.

It is hoped the development will help breathe new life into the area.