Homes plan for former Houghton cinema site

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DEVELOPERS are set to get the go-ahead for a project to build new homes at the site of a former cinema.

Trustees of Lambton Ltd had applied for planning permission to build two semi-detached houses on land at a public car park on the site of the former Tivoli Cinema in Houghton.

Councillors on Sunderland City Council’s development control committee have conducted a site visit and planners have recommended they approve the proposals.

The properties would front on to Philadelphia Lane and have vehicle parking off Meadow Terrace. Two small trees must be removed to make way for the development.

The site was previously leased by the council and used as a public car park, but the lease has not been renewed and the site remains redundant, with access to the car park restricted by boulders.

Planners received three letters of representation raising concerns over the loss of the site as “a valuable parking area”. Some fear there will be too much on-street parking as a result.

Councillors will be told at a meeting next Tuesday that the development is not likely to cause parking problems.