Former Sunderland primary school site set to become housing development under new plans

Plans to build dozens of homes on a former Wearside primary school site have been officially lodged.

Wednesday, 6th November 2019, 9:55 am

In January, Sunderland City Council’s ruling cabinet agreed to sell off the former Southwick Primary School site at Northern Way.

The school closed its doors in 2009 as pupils made the move to a state-of-the-art building off nearby Shakespeare Street.

This month, housing plans for the vacant site took a step forward with North East housing association, Bernicia Homes, submitting a full planning application.

Former Southwick Primary School site, Sunderland. Picture: c/o Google Streetview

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The development aims to meet the need for new affordable homes in the Southwick ward.

If approved, the 37-home estate would offer a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses and four bungalows.

Submitted plans include two parking bays per house, one parking bay per bungalow and an extra 13 spaces for visitors.

Access to the estate is also planned from a new adopted road off Grosvenor Street.

Bernicia Group owns and manages 14,000 properties including more than 1,400 in Sunderland.

As previously reported, the housing firm has secured a Homes England grant to provide affordable homes on the Southwick site.

This includes options for people looking to rent or purchase, including young families, older people looking to downsize and first-time buyers.

As part of the proposals, area of land to the south east of the site will be retained as “a compensatory area of open space”.A decision on the housing plan is expected later this year following a public consultation.Comments can be made on the plans until 21/11/2019.For more information, visit www.sunderland.gov.uk/online-applications and search planning reference: 19/01740/FU4