Plan to revamp historic orphanage

The old orphanage building at Sunderland's East End

The old orphanage building at Sunderland's East End

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PLANS have been submitted to transform an historic orphanage into a specialist care centre.

The proposals would see the derelict building in Sunderland’s East End converted into 38 apartments, for people with dementia.

Parts of the Grade II-listed building, and a community centre at the back, would be demolished under plans submitted by Inclusion Housing.

The council, which owns the building, has promised it would serve as a new base for the East End Community Association.

But concerns have been raised by residents and the Sunderland Heritage Quarter Project over the fate of the existing building.

They include a “lack of justification” for demolishing parts of a listed building.

And that “the design proposed will have an incongruous relationship when viewed on the Holy Trinity Church, and will have an adverse effect on its setting and conservation area.”

The application will go before councillors at a public planning meeting at the Civic Centre, from 5pm on April 19.