Housing Estate for Sunderlands old Civic Centre Site

Redevelopment of Sunderland’s old Civic Centre site into a housing estate has been granted planning permission.

Sunderland City Council’s planning committee approved plans for 265 new homes to be built. The project will be delivered by Vistry Partnerships and in addition to the plans for new housing there are plans for open spaces, footpaths, together with cycle lanes for easy access to the city centre.

Plans also include the recreation of St George’s Square which was bomb damaged in the Second World War and was lost to redevelopment in the 1960’s – Grade 11 listed Saint George’s House is to be the focal point.

The new houses will consist of one to four bedroom properties, and will be sold under Vistry’s Linden Homes brand.

A demolition plan still has to be drawn up in order to clear the site ready for the new development.

Peter McIntyre, Sunderland City Council executive director of city development said: “I am delighted to see plans for the civic centre site given the green light – houses on the outskirts of the city centre will give a significant boost to traders in the centre of the city as people will head into town to enjoy the local amenities”.