Sunderland gets £25m grant to help unlock 4,066 new homes

The government has granted £25m in funding to help unlock over 4,000 new homes in the south of Sunderland.

The funding, approved as part of the Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget announcements, comes after Sunderland City Council and Durham County Council submitted a joint application last year to the Housing Infrastructure Fund capital grant programme.

The £25m will help the councils to deliver new road infrastructure and junction improvements as Sunderland aims to build up to 4,066 new homes as part of its South Sunderland Growth Area.

Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for housing and regeneration, Cllr Rebecca Atkinson, said: “I’m delighted that the council has been successful in its bid for funding that will help stimulate housing and infrastructure growth.

“The South Sunderland growth area is expected to meet the demand for around one-in-five of the new homes that Sunderland needs in coming years. It’s a big part of our city’s future as we broaden our housing stock and help prevent outward migration.

“By building new homes and offering more housing choice we continue our city’s social and economic transformation.”

The South Sunderland Growth Area encompasses four main development sites, three of which – Chapelgarth (750 homes), Cherry Knowle (800 homes) and South Ryhope (450 homes) – already have planning permission.

A development of up to 1000 new homes on land north of Burdon Lane is also in the pipeline, along with several smaller neighbouring sites.

The councils’ successful £25m bid will help them to fund the necessary infrastructure to support all these developments, including extensions to nearby primary schools and a secondary school.

Sunderland City Council will continue to work with Durham County Council to improve the nearby A1018/A19 junction, which will further help with delivering new homes in Sunderland and Durham.

Durham County Council’s cabinet member for strategic housing, Cllr Kevin Shaw, said: “Seaham and Sunderland South have grown substantially in recent years as a direct result of very successful investment strategies from both us and Sunderland City Council.

“This growth – in both business and communities – has led to increased traffic accessing and leaving the A19 via Seaton Lane which has caused congestion and impacted upon residents and the places they live.

“We are therefore delighted that our joint application for funding has been successful. This will allow us to improve road connectivity long-term, delivering real benefits for Seaham, the city of Sunderland, and indeed the region.”

The government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund aims to help councils deliver up to 340,000 new homes by funding high-infrastructure projects. It is administered by Homes England.

Sunderland City Council hopes to build thousands of homes in Sunderland over the next ten years. Earlier this year, it gave the green light for 105 new homes on a former Sunderland College campus site.

Photo credit: Urbed/Sunderland City Council

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