A new urban village is being planned for Wearside.
The project in the pipeline after councillors agreed to sell 9.2 acres of land between Ryhope and Tunstall to three house builders, who are planning to build 1,000 new homes.
The plans include a new primary school, sports facilities, open spaces and play areas and a section on the Ryhope-Doxford Link Road.
A consortium led by Taylor Wimpey, and including Persimmon and Storey Homes, will complete the development in phases during a 15-year-period.
Cabinet members have now agreed the grant of an option to purchase the council’s freehold interest in a large section of its agricultural land.
The development, which is bordered by the B1286 Burdon Road to the west and Nettles Lane to the south, forms part of the South Sunderland Growth Area (SSGA) for housing.
We are recommended to grant the option to purchase so they can progress with the planning applicationCouncillor Mel Speding
It also includes Chapelgarth, Cherry Knowles and land at South Ryhope.
Cabinet secretary Mel Speding said members were advised to agree the proposals, in order that the council is paid the market value.
“This is land used for agricultural purposes,” he said. “We are recommended to grant the option to purchase so they can progress with the planning application.”
The report stated the decision “would secure further investment in the city, facilitate development, which will be of benefit to the city council through provision of additional family housing, and to provide a capital receipt as well as income through additional council tax and the New Homes Bonus.”
Doxford ward councillor Colin English, said: “I’m on the planning and highways committee, so I am keeping an open mind at this stage so as not to prejudice the process. There will be a public consultation process, which we will be taking into account.”