Townhouse plans would create eight homes on former Sunderland petrol station site

A derelict petrol station site could be transformed into new homes under proposals lodged with Sunderland City Council.

Thursday, 3rd October 2019, 4:45 pm
Updated Friday, 4th October 2019, 10:39 am
Former petrol station site on Westholme Terrace, Sunderland Picture: Google (2018)

In recent weeks, Newcastle Car Wash Ltd submitted a bid for the former Total Garage site off Westholme Terrace.

According to planning documents, the area has not been used as a petrol station since at least 2001.

Under new plans, the site could house a two-and-a-half-storey ‘townhouse’ complex.

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Plans include replacing forecourt buildings with eight four-bedroom homes – alongside a 12-space car park to the rear.

A statement, submitted to the council by Nova Castria Design Ltd, outlines the benefits the development could bring to the area.

These include building much-needed housing for the city, increasing the number of people using the city centre, and preventing problems developing at the vacant site.

It reads: “The area is a mixed-use area with a large percentage of properties within close proximity being within a residential use.

“As such it is considered that the principle of a residential use within this location is acceptable, and will have a positive impact on the vitality and viability of the local centre.

“(The plans) bring back a long-term vacant site into use, and introduce further potential footfall to the local centre, whilst removing a site that could potentially cause antisocial behaviour to the detriment of local residents. “

A decision on the plans is expected to be made by the end of November.

For more information, visit and search planning reference: 19/01593/FUL