The redevelopment of Sunderland’s Civic Centre site into a new residential community has been given the green light.
A planning application for 265 new homes has been approved by the City Council’s Planning and Highways (East) Committee.
North East regeneration and construction specialist Vistry Partnerships will deliver the project which, in addition to the new housing, will provide public open spaces and cycling and pedestrian links, improving access to the city centre.
The completed homes will be sold under Vistry’s house building brand Linden Homes and will range from one to four bedroomed homes, with many benefitting from views across Mowbray Park.
A complex demolition programme will be undertaken to clear the site ready for the new development.
Andrew Rennie, Development Director with Vistry Partnerships North East, said: “We are delighted to have secured approval for this city centre redevelopment to go ahead, which we are confident will play a pivotal part in Sunderland’s regeneration.
“We aim to create an attractive new residential quarter that sits comfortably within the surrounding architecture, with a focus on green space that encourages community use. It will be a fantastic new inclusive neighbourhood with its own distinctive character, providing a new housing offer on the edge of Ashbrooke and Mowbray Park whilst benefiting from the close proximity to the city centre.”
The civic centre redevelopment is part of a wider plan to build more than 7,000 new homes across the city by 2030.