Plan for 116-home development on former Sunderland school site set for approval

Major housing plans for a former city school site are set to be given the go-ahead.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 12 April, 2019, 18:02

Last year, Placefirst Developments lodged plans for the former Easington Lane Primary School, which was demolished in 2008.

This includes 116 new homes on the council-owned site off South Hetton Road – brownfield /greenfield areas surrounded by residential areas.

If approved, a mix of 26 two-bedroom bungalows, 46 three-bedroom houses and 44 four-bedroom houses will be built on the site.

Sunderland City Council’s area Development Control Sub-Committee has been recommended to approve the plans.

But the local authority’s planning experts have said this should be conditional on the developer paying £314,828  towards education provision in the area.

A council report states while there are “viability issues” around the housing plan, council property services have agreed a price for the transfer of the land to the developer.

And  “any shortfall towards education will be funded directly from the capital receipt for the site,” it adds.

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A new vehicle access will be provided from the A182 South Hetton Road alongside an “emergency only” access from School View to the south west.

And planners have also asked for 16 affordable homesto be provided as part of the wider development.

A planning report concludes: “Given the former school has now been relocated, the development of the site for 116 dwellings is considered to be acceptable in principle.

“The layout, design and impacts upon the local amenity of the area are all considered to be acceptable.

“Any loss of existing trees within the site are to be mitigated by the quantum of tree planting proposed, therefore adding to the overall visual amenity of the site. “

The planning meeting takes place on Tuesday, April 16 at Sunderland Civic Centre and starts at 5.30pm.