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Readers react to revised plans for former Sunderland High School site

The school closed in 2016.
The school closed in 2016.

Echo readers have had their say on plans to build a block of apartments on the site of a former school in Sunderland.

Sunderland High School closed in 2016 - and despite concerns about the impact proposals for a retirement complex there could have on the Ashbrooke Conservation Area, the plans were approved by the city council's development control committee this week.

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The newly-approved plans for the site include demolishing the existing canteen and food technology block and building a 57-apartment complex. Sports pitches would be replaced by a car park with space for 36 vehicles.

Historic England initially objected to the application - but their concerns were withdrawn after the plans were revised to ensure the new development would "match the arts and crafts" style architecture or other buildings in the area.

A number of heritage buildings in the area, including the Grade II-listed Langham Tower, Tudor-styled villa Carlton House and St Cuthbert's House, are not included in the application.

Here is how you reacted to the plans on social media:

Leanne Mallin: "Too many buildings are having the character ripped right out of them or neglected in Sunderland! This could be an amazing place for a quirky hotel like Lumley or Langley Castle."

Maklad McKay: "I remember being at St Aidan's back in 1975, the first 2 years were at Havlock a right trek for teachers between lessons."

Leanne Mallin: "Don’t turn it into a home to for elderly it will end up a mess! It's a magnificent building that needs someone with imagination."

Tony Parker: "Sigh, yet MORE housing for the elderly. What about those of us who aren’t old?? Really does pay to belong to a demographic that always votes doesn’t it?"

Alan Crompton: "Good use of the building before the local trailer trash eventually break in and set fire to the building

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Adeleine Stubbs: "Hope they don't pull it down I remember when it was a teacher training college!"

Margaret Crosbie: "At least it is not being pulled down lovely old building."

Paul M Hodgson: "Anything other than 'student' accommodation would be a good plan."

John Bage: "This house was built by William Adamson (1848-1895) who was a Sunderland ship owner and shipbuilder. He married Eliza Bage, my cousin several times removed. I still think I should have inherited it lol. The article doesn't say this lovely building is going to be demolished just the canteen building. I think it may be listed as well."