New homes bid for ex-DSS site

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MULTIMILLION-pound plans have been revealed for 130 new homes on the site of a former landmark civil service building.

Property developer Muse has outlined proposals for a new housing estate of sustainable family homes, on the former Emerson House DSS offices in Emerson Road, Washington.

The firm says the proposals are a “fantastic opportunity” to regenerate land which has lain derelict for almost 10 years.

Muse said the scheme will create 52 construction jobs, £2.5million of additional annual spending for amenities in the neighbourhood, and provide £187,000 each year for Sunderland in council tax income.

The firm says it has already had positive feedback from the community about its plans.

Senior development surveyor Simon Dew said: “Residents demonstrated their overwhelming support for the scheme and confirmed the need for modern owner-occupied family housing in the area, in particular family homes, bungalows, starter homes and detached properties.

“The more feedback that residents can provide, the more influential these views will be.

“We’d really encourage people to take the time to visit the website to learn more and give us their input.”

Mr Dew said the development would be designed to meet the needs of the community, providing a range of housing types to meet demand from first-time buyers, families and the elderly.

“The plans for the site include extensive green spaces and high-quality landscaping, all of which provide a fantastic opportunity to regenerate land that has lain derelict for almost 10 years,” he added.

He said Muse would use residents’ feedback to refine its proposals for the site.

The company has set up a website to give people a chance to have their say on the development, and keep them up to date with the proposals.

Once further consultation and design work has been completed, Muse will submit a formal planning application to Sunderland City Council.

A detailed view of the scheme and an online questionnaire are available at

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