Plans for new city housing

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HUNDREDS of new homes are set to be built across Sunderland.

Property company Gleeson Homes and Regeneration has submitted planning applications for two major developments in the city.

A total of 285 properties could be built on land at Field Square, Ford Estate, while 70 could be sited at Maplewood Avenue, in Marley Pots.

The sites were earmarked for redevelopment after a report highlighted their poor property mix, lower than average tenancy lengths and right to buy levels, and above average tenancy turnover.

They were also reportedly blighted by high levels of antisocial behaviour, vandalism and arson as well as social and economic deprivation.

The Ford Estate site, which formerly contained hundreds of terraced and semi-detached houses dating back to the 1950s, was cleared in 2007.

A church and vicarage, along with four other properties which remain in the area, will be refurbished as part of the redevelopment.

The new estate will include 71 two-bedroom, 186 three-bedroom and 28 four-bedroom houses.

The Maplewood Avenue site, which formerly contained more than 60 houses, has also been cleared.

The new estate will include 10 two-bedroom, 53 three-bedroom and seven four-bedroom houses.

Both sites will include garages, driveways, visitor parking bays as well as a new road network.

Residents living near Field Square said the houses are something the Ford Estate area needs.

Maureen Newsome, of Fordfield Road, said: “That many houses have been pulled that many down they need to build some more.

“I hope we are paid for the disruption, though, because when the houses were being taken down you had to park your car streets away.”

One man, who lives in Padgate Road but didn’t want to be named, said: “It’s been empty for years now and they can’t leave it the way it is.”

In a planning statement, the developers wrote: “The application proposals have been formulated after an extensive period of work and on-going dialogue has been taken place throughout the process with local residents and officers of Sunderland City Council.

“It has been demonstrated that the proposals accord will all relevant national, regional and local planning policies and, as such, it is requested that these detailed planning applications should be recommended for approval.”

The plans are expected to go before Sunderland City Council in the coming weeks.

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