Teal Farm site plan approved

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A NEW development creating 200 jobs and 95 new homes on an eyesore former industrial site has been approved.

Developer Hellens Investment plans to create executive housing, a pub/restaurant, takeaway, shops and business units on the former Cape Insulation site in Teal Farm, Washington.

Washington South councillor and planning committee vice chair Graeme Miller said: “It’s been a long time coming for the site. People have had the spectre of this derelict site hanging over them.

“This will take that spectre away from residents and we will get improvements, facilities and nice housing that the community needs.”

The plans for “Teal Farm Village” include a multi-use games area, a play park, footpaths connecting to nearby woodland walks as well as the pub/restaurant and a parade of shops units.

The development is expected to add a one-off injection of £41.45million to the local economy as well as creating about 200 construction jobs.

The employment units will lead to the permanent creation of up to 100 jobs, with two businesses already expressing an interest in moving and expanding within the new units.

The retail shop parade will create 32 permanent jobs and the pub/restaurant will create 41 permanent jobs.

The Hellens Group is already working on a sister project in Teal Farm.

Gavin Cordwell-Smith, chief executive of the Hellens Group, said: “Teal Farm is a popular area of Washington and the community has waited 20 years for this area to be redeveloped to include much-needed play and retail facilities.

“The first phase of the new houses being constructed by Hellens and Barratt on the adjacent former Cape factory are selling well.

“We have found that there is demand for executive housing in this area and overall the council recognises there is a shortage of this type of housing within Sunderland.”

The proposals were granted planning permission by councillors after a debate at a meeting.

Concerns were raised over road safety, and a condition was put in place obliging a road safety scheme for Pattinson Road.

This will include dropping the speed limit to 40mph, altering the roundabout system at the site’s access point and extending footways, cycleways and provision for public transport.

There were also objections from Northumbrian Water, which operates a sewage treatment plant close to the site.

The water firm claimed it already received complaints from residents about the smell, and building more homes in the area could cause even more problems.

But planners said the positioning of the proposed homes meant they should not be affected by any odour.