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Neighbours angry over plans to build 80 new homes in Sunderland community

Unhappy with plans to build houses opposite their homes are (l to r) Heather Fagan, Sheila Lowery, Claire Baxter, Sylvia Davis, Alan Darlaston, Florence Darlaston and Eva Wooton

Unhappy with plans to build houses opposite their homes are (l to r) Heather Fagan, Sheila Lowery, Claire Baxter, Sylvia Davis, Alan Darlaston, Florence Darlaston and Eva Wooton

ANGRY residents have accused Gentoo of failing to inform them of plans for a massive development on their doorstep.

The housing firm has applied for permission to build more than 80 homes on a site between Downhill and Red House.

Residents in Rhondda Road, Red House, claim the company failed to consult them on the plans, which they fear will destroy their view.

“They said they were planning to build in Kidderminster Road in Downhill, so many of us ignored it, because we thought it did not affect us – then we found out it did,” said 63-year-old Flo Darlaston. “There will be a brick wall around the development but we don’t know how high that will be. Instead of this view that we have now, we are going to have a great big wall in front of us.”

Claire Barker, 42, is worried about what effect the new development will have on property prices.

“A lot of us bought our houses because of the view,” she said. “It is going to devalue our houses. This development is called ‘Downhill,’ but this is not Downhill, it is Red House.

“We bought 17 years ago and were interested then in what this land would be. We did not want to buy the house if they were going to build a great block of flats here.”

Ian Porter, executive director of Property Services with Gentoo Group, said the land had always been earmarked for housing and residents would have a chance to comment.

“As part of a long-term renewal programme, Gentoo has submitted a planning application for the site, replacing the unsustainable homes that stood previously,” he said.

“This will introduce 88 new properties, including 51 homes for rent, comprising a mix of two bedroom bungalows and two, three and four bedroom homes.

“This site has always been allocated for housing and details of a public consultation event, to outline the detail of the scheme, will be announced shortly.”

 

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