100 new homes to be built on derelict former Washington DSS site

Emerson Road, in Washington, where a �2million housing development is planned
Emerson Road, in Washington, where a �2million housing development is planned
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MORE than 100 jobs are set to be created by a £2million housing development plan for Wearside.

The multimillion pound proposals will help breathe new life into the site of the former Emerson House DSS offices that has stood derelict for the past decade.

Muse Developments Ltd has now submitted an application to Sunderland City Council for 125 homes in Emerson Road, Washington.

The firm’s proposals are an outline application to build 125 houses with associated landscaping and highway works.

They say the development would provide housing for first-time buyers and families as well as the elderly.

It is hoped the development will play a key role in helping kick-start the building of new homes in the city.

Simon Dew, senior development surveyor at Muse, said: “112 construction jobs will be created in building these homes and the new residents will generate an additional £2million spending each year which is a great opportunity for the local community.”

Philip Barnes, of planning consultants Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners, said: “The scheme has been overwhelmingly supported by the local community, with 86 per cent of residents backing our proposals.

“The new housing will address the latent demand for family homes in Washington.”

However, some residents are have raised objections over the plans.

David Regan, of Redshank Close, which is near the site, wrote on the council website: “The current layout of junctions on Emerson Road is very poor, there are far too many in a short space of roadway.

“The proposed access is in a bad position which will give us loss of privacy, noise from this extra junction and cause a health and safety issue regarding the access to and from the estate.

“Cars, vans and HGV trucks are currently always speeding from the Crowther Ind Est down to the A195 main roundabout and any returning to the Crowther Estate.”

Residents have until the end of the consultation period on Wednesday, November 30 to raise issues they have with the proposals before the plans are considered.

If planning is approved construction could start next year with a completion date set for 2014.

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