Philadelphia protesters vow to fight plans to build new 630 new homes

Philadelphia Lane residents opposed to the proposed development on the Philadelphia Complex, left to right; Paul and Janet Forster, Ray Williams, Karen and Paul Ramsay.

Philadelphia Lane residents opposed to the proposed development on the Philadelphia Complex, left to right; Paul and Janet Forster, Ray Williams, Karen and Paul Ramsay.

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RESIDENTS have vowed to oppose ambitious plans to create hundreds of homes on their doorstep.

People living in the Philadelphia area say they are strongly against proposals to redevelop a depot and surrounding area leading up to New Herrington by Esh Developments.

The plans would see 630 homes built, with a supermarket, petrol station, retail outlets and a learning and enterprise centre completed by 2030 in a five-stage process.

The company says the move will triple employment opportunities, with listed buildings on the site, which includes former pit workshops and Philadelphia power station, also being refurbished.

But residents say the changes could result in a huge increase in traffic and noise and become a blight on the their lives. Plans for the development are scheduled to go before Sunderland City Council’s planning and highways committee on August 15.

There are about 60 objections to the plan on the authority’s planning website.

Karen Ramsay, of Chapel Row in Philadelphia, said: “The plans are for a lot more houses than there initially were. I don’t see why we need another supermarket when we’ve got so many already within seven miles of here.

“We’re also worried about the traffic because our street will become a kind of island, and out there will be a major road out the front of ours. It will be absolutely horrendous.”

Independent councillor Colin Wakefield has also expressed concerns, saying: “We already had a petrol station at Reg Vardy and that got closed recently, but the biggest worry I have is the loss of employment land if this goes ahead.”

Geoff Woodcock, managing director of Esh Developments, said of the proposals: “We see these plans as delivering huge improvements to the look of the area through the demolition of redundant and derelict buildings, new planting and an uplift in the economy of the area as investment is attracted through training and employment opportunities.”