The 17-year saga of Sunderland’s Vaux site

The Vaux Brewery site in Sunderland city centre.
The Vaux Brewery site in Sunderland city centre.
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July 1999: Vaux Brewery closes with the loss of 700 jobs and bringing more than 150 years of brewing history to an end in the region.

2001: Tesco buys the 26-acre site. The deal sparks a decade of legal rows.

2002: Sunderland Arc is formed to regenerate the city. It goes on to spend £75million of taxpayers cash on sites across Wearside.

March 2010: Sunderland City Council enters a joint agreement as it works to acquire and redevelop the site.

February 2011: The council announces it owns the land after buying it from Tesco for an undisclosed sum and following an agreement with regional development agency One North East and the Homes and Community Agency.

Spring 2011: Sunderland Arc closes after council and Government funding of £1million is withdrawn as austerity cuts hit. Its outgoing boss credits the organisation with preventing the land from being used by Tesco.

June 2012: Pre-planning proposals for a rethink of St Mary’s Way and Livingstone Road were approved with the aim of making the Vaux site more attractive and helping it handle more traffic.

March 2013: Funding of £2.25million was granted by the European Regional Development Fund to unlock the potential for the site. The cash helped remodel the roads and create Keel Square.

June 2013: Tesco opens its Extra store in Roker after it opted to redevelop the ex-bowling alley site in place of the Vaux land.

2014: Siglion, a partnership between Carillion and Sunderland City Council and managed by Igloo Regeneration to bring on the development of the Vaux site among others.

2016: Plans are submitted by Siglion.

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