Sunderland gets £1.6m Homes England grant for social housing

Sunderland City Council has received a £1.6 million grant from Homes England to help build new social housing in the city.

Construction work will start this month on the council’s first new housing development, which will see 27 bungalows built on Cork Street.

Alongside the bungalows, Sunderland City Council will also build a new £1.4 million day centre to support people with physical disabilities across Sunderland.

The announcement comes after the council outlined plans to move into the rented housing sector last year as part of its aim to build thousands of homes in Sunderland over the next decade.

Cllr Rebecca Atkinson, cabinet member for housing and regeneration at Sunderland City Council, said: “The new homes at Cork Street, along with the new day centre, will provide much needed accommodation and support services for people with physical disabilities.

“I am proud that the council can play its part in providing homes and support for our residents, particularly those who are vulnerable and disabled.

“One of the key aims of our ambitious ten year city plan is for more and better homes and Cork Street will contribute to this.”

The development of 27 bungalows on Cork Street will be delivered by construction company Tolent and is set to commence at the end of this month.

The development will feature 26 affordable bungalows, 16 of which will be specially adapted for people with physical disabilities, and one general needs bungalow.

Chris Price, regional director for Tolent, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Sunderland City Council on such a significant project that will contribute positively to so many in the city.

“Tolent has played an integral part in the regeneration of Sunderland, helping to shape the cityscape with innovative, unique and world-class buildings.

“It’s great to be continuing our work in such a fantastic city and we’re looking forward to getting started on site.”

Sunderland City Council is currently planning a wider £59 million programme for affordable housing projects across the city over the next five years.

Image: Sunderland City Council and Tolent representatives at Cork Street. Credit: Sunderland City Council/Tolent.

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