Sunderland shakes hands with Avant Homes on Seaburn development

Sunderland City Council has exchanged contracts with housebuilder Avant Homes to move plans for a new community of seaside homes in Seaburn further forward.

The council granted planning permission earlier this year for the 82 design-led homes off Lowry Road near Seaburn’s seafront, which were first proposed to the council in late 2019.

The 8.19-acre development, named Lowry Park, will be made up of a range of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes with 10% of the development’s homes set to be affordable homes.

Avant Homes North East will now begin construction later this year on the homes, which form part of the council’s Seafront Regeneration Strategy.

Avant Homes North East regional director, Jennifer Tupman, said: “We are very pleased to have exchanged contracts on this landmark development for Seaburn and are now beginning to put the necessary steps in place to prepare for initial groundworks to start later in the year.

“Lowry Park will deliver high quality new build homes in a desirable seaside location and make a significant contribution to Sunderland City Council’s extensive regeneration plans for this coastal suburb. We are hugely excited to be part of this project and to bring our very latest range of homes to homebuyers in the city.”

The Lowry Park development forms just part of Sunderland City Council’s plans for Seaburn as it will sit near to two other new developments, STACK Seaburn and the Seaburn Inn.

STACK, an entertainment and leisure destination made up of shipping containers stacked together, is set to open in August this year, while the Seaburn Inn, a 40-bed inn with rooms from Inn Collection Group, is set to open in 2021.

The first homes at Lowry Park are expected to go on sale later this year, with the first residents set to move in in 2021. The overall build is expected to take three years and will create around 90 sales and construction jobs.

Alongside the Lowry Park development, Avant Homes will also invest over £600,000 into provisions for the area such as local education, open green spaces, a children’s play area and a coastal ward contribution.

Cllr Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “Seaburn is fast-changing into a vibrant seaside community with fantastic leisure facilities, with plans afoot for yet more investment that will improve historic buildings in Seaburn and Roker.

“It’s no surprise that more families are keen to make Sunderland in general, and Seaburn in particular, their home, and this new development will be another attractive addition to the city’s housing offer.”

Lowry Park is just one of 14 current developments by Avant Homes North East which is delivering 2,000 design-led homes across the region.

Sunderland is seeing huge investment from the local council and housebuilders as part of an aim to build thousands of new homes in the city over the next decade.

Photo: Land purchased by Avant Homes for Lowry Park, an 82-home development in Seaburn, Sunderland. Credit: Avant Homes.

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