Decision day for software complex

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A £10MILLION software centre expected to create 140 jobs is set to get the go-ahead today.

The three-storey building would house 60 new software businesses on the site of the Tavistock Place car park in Hendon.

The complex, designed to be the centrepiece of the Software City project, was due to be approved before Christmas but was caught up in planning problems.

Planners were caught out when the developer of a neighbouring site won a court ruling over rejected proposals, and officers have spent the past few weeks carrying out further work on the impact the software centre could have on plans for the neighbouring site.

Several households and businesses in the area have objected to the software centre plans over concerns about the loss of parking.

Planners have rebutted these, however, and recommended the councillors approve the application tonight.

They say a car park at Tatham Street will remain, and there was a policy of removing on-street and public car parks to allow for development, with a new a new 100-space enclosed car park to be built in the Tavistock area.

There are also concerns from some over whether the Tavistock Place site is the best location for the development.

Councillors will meet to discuss the planning application and make a decision at a development control committee meeting tonight at Sunderland Civic Centre.

The meeting takes place in Committee Room Six at 5pm.