Sunderland law firm building set to become student accommodation

New plans for student accommodation in Sunderland city centre have officially been lodged.

Friday, 27th December 2019, 10:20 am
Updated Monday, 30th December 2019, 1:55 am
The former law firm offices is set to become student accommodation

Earlier this month, proposals were submitted to Sunderland City Council for 25 John Street.

The grade II listed building was formerly used by Treanors Solicitors Ltd but has been vacant for several months.

Under a ‘change of use’ bid, the office building could soon be transformed into an 11-bedroom complex.

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The former law firm offices is set to become student accommodation

If approved, studio rooms would be created across four floors and aimed at the student market.

To make way for the changes, developers have also asked for permission to make internal changes to the listed building.

These range from new plumbing, kitchens and en-suite bathrooms to revamped flooring and ventilation.

According to a Design, Access and Heritage Statement, prepared by Fitz Architects, the plans will help safeguard the future of the building.

The report reads: “These minor alterations to the existing building will ensure a listed building doesn’t remain empty for long periods and thus being prone to vandalism and disrepair.

“The impact of the proposals is minimal therefore it will be the local authority’s responsibility to support the sympathetic design solution this scheme presents.”

A decision on the plans is expected by March 2020 following public consultation.

To have your say, visit: and search planning ref: 19/02053/FUL