Plans revealed for 128 homes on fire-hit Sunderland College site

The former Shiney Row College in Success Road, Philadelphia,which was damaged by fire in April.
The former Shiney Row College in Success Road, Philadelphia,which was damaged by fire in April.
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Plans to build 128 houses on the site of a fire-hit former college on Wearside have been revealed to residents.

Shiney Row College closed for good last year, with land at the Success Road site earmarked for resident development by Miller Homes.

Although the plans are still in draft stages the proposals will comprise approximately 128 dwellings, ranging from two bedroom to four bedroom semi-detached and detached properties with private driveways which will be set in a thoughtfully designated, landscaped setting.

Emma Moon of Signet Planning

But on Monday, April 6, a massive fire broke out at the Philadelphia campus, ripping through much of its main building.

Hundreds of people from nearby estates watched on as the inferno raged on Bank Holiday Monday.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have since said that the cause of the blaze is under investigation by officers.

Now, on behalf of Miller Homes, Signet Planning have sent out letters to those living near the college, saying that a planning application is soon to be submitted.

A total of 144 homes were originally set to be created after Sunderland City Council granted planning permission in December last year.

Planner Emma Moon wrote: “Although the plans are still in draft stages the proposals will comprise approximately 128 dwellings, ranging from two bedroom to four bedroom semi-detached and detached properties with private driveways which will be set in a thoughtfully designated, landscaped setting. This is 16 less than the number established at the outline stage.

“The detailed layout conforms broadly with the indicitave masterplan for the site approved at the outline stage.

“Access to the site will be taken from the existing entrance off Success Road.

“Signet Planning, on behalf of Miller Homes, are hoping to submit the application formally to Sunderland City Council in the coming weeks.”