Here’s how 1,300 jobs could be created on site of former Sunderland hospital

Artist's impression of how the new Barratt Homes development on the site of the former Cherry Knowle Hospital will look.
Artist's impression of how the new Barratt Homes development on the site of the former Cherry Knowle Hospital will look.
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This is how a proposed housing development set to create more than 1,300 jobs could look on a former Sunderland hospital site.

A planning application for the former Cherry Knowle site, in Ryhope, is in its final stages and, if approved, would see Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes North East investing £50million into building 304 homes.

Artist's impression of how the new Barratt Homes development on the site of the former Cherry Knowle Hospital will look.

Artist's impression of how the new Barratt Homes development on the site of the former Cherry Knowle Hospital will look.

The historic site, which was identified by Sunderland City Council as a key part of the South Sunderland Growth Area, was once highlighted by Prince Charles in his ‘black spider’ memos in which he wrote to the Government urging them to redevelop the disused site.

His Royal Highness’ correspondence emphasised his commitment to the rescue of historic buildings with input from, and for the benefit of, the community.

The old hospital was replaced by the modern Hopewood Park facility, which was officially opened by HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex, last year.

As well as the direct investment from the house builders, the development is expected to bring about a boost of £130million to the economy.

The Cherry Knowle site has not been used for some time and it would be great for us to be able to breathe new life into the town

Neil Milburn, Barratt Homes development director

The predicted jobs would be in a range of disciplines and include construction staff, subcontractors and sales staff.

The plans for the development would also see the creation of 11 new public open spaces, covering 17.5 hectares.

Barratt development director Neil Milburn said: “As a house builder, we are keen to develop on brownfield sites where possible and this is a great opportunity to do so.

“The Cherry Knowle site has not been used for some time and it would be great for us to be able to breathe new life into the town.

Artist's impression of how the new Barratt Homes development on the site of the former Cherry Knowle Hospital will look.

Artist's impression of how the new Barratt Homes development on the site of the former Cherry Knowle Hospital will look.

“We are hoping to have planning permission imminently and are keen to get started with this redevelopment project, which would bring a welcome boost to the local area.”