The North East housing association Gentoo has announced plans to build over 250 homes across Sunderland as part of its drive for more affordable homes in the city.
The housing association is currently consulting the public on proposals to build 269 new affordable homes across eight sites in the city.
The announcement comes as part of Gentoo’s commitment to bring an additional 900 affordable homes to Sunderland by 2024.
Joanne Gordon, development director at Gentoo Group, said: “As a responsible business we value the views and opinions of tenants, residents and communities and are keen to receive feedback on our exciting plans to build new affordable homes for rent in Sunderland.
“We’re committed to not only to building high quality new homes but creating places that the residents of Sunderland can be proud of.
“The views and opinions of our local communities will help to shape and influence the way we create these new neighbourhoods in the city and it would be great if people could give us some feedback.”
Gentoo says its proposals could see new homes built at eight sites across Sunderland in Central Downhill, Silksworth, Hetton-Le-Hole, Hylton Castle, Carley Hill, Town End Farm, Pennywell and Columbia.
The housing provider says that it has created a range of new house type designs for the new homes which will be ‘modern, contemporary and spacious’.
The sites would help boost the local economy by creating jobs in construction and the wider supply chain, as well as increased spending in the local area by new residents, it added.
Residents living near the proposed developments have received leaflets which they can use to provide feedback, while others can provide feedback via an online questionnaire.
Gentoo is already building over 100 new homes in the Downhill and Fencehouses areas of Sunderland, which are expected to be made available in early 2021.
Gentoo’s announcement continues the trend of rapid housing growth in Sunderland as the local council aims to build thousands of homes in the city over the next ten years.
Earlier this year Sunderland City Council announced that it had received £25 million in funding to help deliver its South Sunderland Growth Area, which will feature over 4,000 new homes.