£25 million bid to help support 4,000 new homes in Sunderland wins Government backing

A £25million bid to help support the building of more than 4,000 new homes in Sunderland has now been given the Government’s backing.

Tuesday, 12th May 2020, 3:49 pm

The bid towards new roads and infrastructure to support housing growth in south Sunderland has been backed by the Government.

Sunderland City Council made the ‘South Sunderland Growth Area’ application to the Housing Infrastructure Fund last year in partnership with Durham County Council.

The funding award has now been approved as part of the Chancellor's budget announcements and will allow the council to deliver road infrastructure and junction improvements needed to help create 4,066 new homes at various locations across the city.

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Land in Chapelgarth is one of the four sites listed in the South Sunderland Growth Area bid.

Three of the four main development sites Chapelgarth (750 new homes), Cherry Knowle (800 new homes) and South Ryhope (450 new homes) already have planning permission. Land north of Burdon Lane (up to 1000 new homes) and several smaller neighbouring sites are also earmarked for development.

Cash will also support extensions to nearby primary schools and extra capacity at a secondary school.

Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, Councillor Rebecca Atkinson said: “The South Sunderland growth area is expected to meet the demand for around one-in-five of the new homes that Sunderland needs in coming years. It's a big part of our city's future as we broaden our housing stock and help prevent outward migration.

A map by Sunderland City Council showing where housing developments would go.

“By building new homes and offering more housing choice we continue our city's social and economic transformation.”

As part of the scheme, the council will work with Durham County Council on improvements at the A1018/A19 junction to reassign traffic heading to and from Sunderland away from Seaton Lane in Seaham, where congestion is an issue, and support further housing developments in both areas.

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Improvements to the A690 Durham Road and A19 interchange are part of the project.

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Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for housing and regeneration, Councillor Rebecca Atkinson.
Improvements will be made to help deal with an increase in traffic, with work to help divert traffic away from using Seaton Lane in Seaham.
Durham County Council cabinet member for strategic housing Councillor Kevin Shaw.