Bid to build new homes on former Sunderland swimming pool site

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DEVELOPERS hope to build houses on the site of a former swimming pool.

Esh Developments has applied for planning permission to build a total of 34 four-bedroom houses and two-bedroom apartments on the site of the now demolished Newcastle Road baths, in Monkwearmouth.

Purpose-built in 1936, the pool was closed in 2008 as council funding was focused on opening the multimillion-pound Aquatic Centre, near the Stadium of Light.

It was knocked down in 2011.

Last year, a Sunderland City Council cabinet meeting recommended the sale of the 2.47 acres site to the Durham-based house builder.

The local authority, which owned the freehold of the land, hopes a new development on the site will kick-start a much-needed regeneration of the city.

An application has been officially submitted and is expected to go before members of the council’s planning committee in the coming weeks.

A planning statement by the developer highlights good transport links and amenities.

“The site is located on an important transport corridor, bounded on two sides by key transport links,” it states. “To the west, the site is defined by the A1018 Newcastle Road – a key road into the city centre from the north, which provides connections to the A19 and the national road network.

“Newcastle Road is also served by a number of bus routes providing direct services to Sunderland city centre, Sunderland University and Seaburn seafront, as well as the other major centres of Tyne and Wear and beyond.”