GENTOO Group has been given the green light for a new development that will kickstart its £117 million programme to deliver 900 new homes for rent.
The scheme, situated in Downhill near the historic Hylton Castle, was granted planning permission by Sunderland City Council. Gentoo says the site is the precursor to its new Affordable Homes Plan, which will bring 900 additional homes for rent to Sunderland by 2024.
Plans for the Downhill site feature a collection of 56 newbuild houses, including two-bed bungalows, and two- and three-bed family homes.
The location is less than five miles from the city centre, with heritage sites such as Roker Beach, the National Glass Centre, the Stadium of Light – and of course the castle – right on the doorstep.
The homes, when completed, will mark the end of the regeneration of the site which got underway in 2016 and involved the construction of 71 new homes.
Building work is expected to get underway in spring 2020 with the first residents moving in autumn of the same year.
“We are delighted that the plans for Downhill have been approved,” said Joanne Gordon, the group’s development director.
“Gentoo are dedicated to providing great affordable homes for rent in Sunderland to meet the needs of our tenants and these 56 new homes are an excellent start. We can’t wait to see the plots start to develop and residents move in, to start their future in one of our new homes.”
Main Image: West facade of Hylton Castle, Sunderland. Creative Commons