Anger as new housing estate plans are approved

Land east of the former Broomhill Estate, Houghton, looking towards Copt Hill.
Land east of the former Broomhill Estate, Houghton, looking towards Copt Hill.
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A NEW housing estate has been given the go-ahead, despite concerns it will put a town’s services under increased pressure.

Barratt Homes has been given permission to build 102 executive houses on the former Broomhill Estate in Hetton, after upping the number from 88 since its last scheme for the site was approved.

The application sparked 23 objections from residents living nearby.

Among concerns were fears it will exacerbate flooding and sewage problems, demand for school places and GP surgeries will rise, and land used by walkers and on routes to schools will be lost.

The council was also told police have been called to the area to deal with arguments over parking and there was not the demand for housing of that type, with similar estates nearby struggling to lure in homeowners and more affordable homes needed.

Councillors also raised issues over the contribution of £40,000 into education places as part of a condition of approval, as they did not believe it was a large enough sum to have an impact, with a further £40,000 to be spent on play facilities.

Resident Sandra Gott, who addressed the meeting of Sunderland City Council’s Planning and Highways Committee, said: “Hetton people are being pushed to one side because of greedy developers.”

Members agreed with the recommendation from officers to approve the scheme.