Over 1,000 new homes are set to line Sunderland’s Northern Spire bridge after Sunderland City Council revealed plans to develop sites either side of the bridge.
The housing development, named Northern Spire Park, will feature affordable and high-quality homes and will be built on brownfield land on the south side of Sunderland’s bridge over the River Wear.
The council took the area into its control after the former landowner’s plans to build on the site fell through.
A programme of infrastructure works will now be carried out to prepare the ground for housing development, which is likely to take place over the next 12-18 months.
Sunderland City Council leader Cllr Graeme Miller said the move to acquire and develop a plan for the area shows the council’s ambition to push forward its transformation programme.
Cllr Miller said: “Sunderland is attracting private sector investment at an unparalleled rate, and that’s hugely encouraging.
“We have to be decisive as an authority though, and be prepared to take a lead when a longer-term view is required. If there is a sense that the private sector cannot drive the transformation we want to see across the city – and with the pace and vigour we would like – we will do what is needed to stimulate regeneration and drive forward on the front-foot.”
The area Northern Spire Park will be built on, close to the north of Pallion ward, had previously been earmarked as a potential location for high-quality housing.
The development forms part of Sunderland City Council’s vision to build over 7,000 new homes across the city in the next decade.
Earlier this year, the council announced plans to build its own affordable housing to allow it to meet the needs of residents.
The council became a Registered Provider of social housing last year and announced its first new housing development earlier this month after receiving a £1.6 million grant from Homes England.
Cllr Rebecca Atkinson, portfolio holder for housing and regeneration at Sunderland City Council, said: “Sunderland is a fantastic place to live, work and play, and part of growing its reputation relies on bringing forward attractive schemes that provide a diverse range of family homes.
“We believe that Northern Spire Park will enable us to bring forward an exciting new housing development, in a part of the city that will provide excellent connectivity and amenities.”
Thousands more new homes are set to be built in Sunderland by private sector developers over the coming years.
Image: A CGI of the proposed Northern Spire Park development in Sunderland. Credit: Sunderland City Council