Gentoo's major new housing plans for Sunderland neighbourhood set for approval

Major housing plans in the Downhill area of Sunderland could be given the go-ahead next week.

Friday, 30th August 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Friday, 30th August 2019, 12:45 pm
The entrance to Kidderminster Road. Picture c/o Google Streetview

Earlier this year, Gentoo Homes lodged proposals to develop a brownfield site south of Kidderminster Road, near the Bunny Hill Health Centre.

The site was originally occupied by council housing built in the 1960s and later demolished in 2010.

New proposals aim to transform the site into 56 homes with a mixture of two and three-bedroom bungalows and houses.

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The proposals mark ‘phase two’ of Gentoo’s residential development in the Downhill area and is the latest set of plans to be brought forward by the developer.

On Tuesday, September 3, councillors will discuss the future of the site.

A report, prepared for the city council’s area Development Control Sub-Committee, recommends the housing plans for approval.

New proposals are for 100% affordable rent with Gentoo also expected to pay funds to help reduce the impact on protected nature sites.

This includes £31,864 at a rate of £569 per dwelling and is subject to the signing of a section 106 legal agreement.

In documents submitted to the council, Gentoo add the scheme will benefit the local area.

A Design and Access Statement reads: “The area has been subject to a substantial clearance project and has stood empty for several years.

“At the time there was the expectation that this site wouldbe renewed, unfortunately due to economic factors outside Gentoo’s control this has not occurred.

“The lack of regeneration may well create a sense of disappointment and feeling of being marginalised withinthe remaining community.

“This development will re-invigorate the physical structure of the community.”

It adds: “Over time the new residents will create a revitalised and expanded community that has the critical mass to support local services that may otherwise have failed.”

Access to the site will be provided from Kidderminster Road via Munro Way along with an additional access point onto Kidderminster Road.

A final decision will be made by councillors at Sunderland Civic Centre with the meeting starting at 3.45pm.

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