Have your say on Sunderland’s future

Sunderland City Council  Cabinet Secretary Coun Mel Speding.
Sunderland City Council Cabinet Secretary Coun Mel Speding.
Have your say

THE people of Sunderland have been given a second chance to comment on plans on how the city could be developed over the next 20 years.

A consultation on the draft local plan and – drawn up by Sunderland City Council – has been extended by two weeks, until October 11.

The proposals outline the long-term needs of the city and include new housing, employment and business land, and a consultation was launched in August.

Controversially, the draft documents refer to development on greenfield as well as brownfield sites.

Cabinet secretary Mel Speding said: “Reusing brownfield land has been, and continues to remain, a priority for the city council.

“Over the past few years, more than nine out of 10 new homes have been built on brownfield land.

“However, it is a fact that there is only a limited amount of brownfield land, and this is not sufficient to meet all our growth needs.

“Therefore, we will need to look at sustainable greenfield sites in both the short and long term.”

The proposals include 15,000 new homes and 81 hectares of employment and business land as well as strategic sites north of Nissan and at Vaux and Farringdon Row.

Improvements to public transport and protection of the built and natural environment are also outlined in the documents, which can be found at www.sunderland.gov.uk/development-plan or at the civic centre and public libraries, where comment forms are available. Comments can also be posted to Planning Policy Section, Sunderland City Council, PO Box 102, Civic Centre, Sunderland, SR2 7DN or emailed to planningpolicy@sunderland.gov.uk

As part of the consultation, the council has sent out 8,000 letters to encourage people to get involved.

“We are required by law to have plans in place which meet the long-term development needs of our city,” Coun Speding added.

“How we hope to achieve this is outlined in these draft documents.

“We have already collated dozens of comments from 20 public and staffed events, plus businesses, and special interest groups have also been commenting.”

The documents must pass through further statutory consultation stages before they are binding.