A SPORT­ING CHANCE Blue print for multi-mil­lion pound sports vil­lage re­vealed Sta­dium site could include, velod rome, ice rink and ho­tel

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A blue­print show­ing how the area around the Sta­dium of Light could be trans­formed into a sport­ing and leisure vil­lage by 2030 has been un­veiled.

The Sta­dium Vil­lage Mas­ter­plan de­scribes a vi­sion for new sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties – that could include a velo­drome, ice arena and in­door climb­ing wall – as well as a new con­fer­ence arena, ho­tel, restau­rants and bars on land close to the home of Sun­der­land AFC.

Other sug­ges­tions in the draft doc­u­ment – which will be dis­cussed by the city’s coun­cil cab­i­net next week – include 200 new homes, a cre­ative busi­ness hub and land­scaped park­land.

The area cov­ers 30 hectares around the Sta­dium of Light, with the “dra­matic lo­ca­tion” and its views across the River Wear high­lighted for mak­ing it an at­trac­tive prospect.

It is hoped pri­vate in­vest­ment will fund the devel­op­ments on the for­mer Wear­mouth Col­liery site and neigh­bour­ing Sheep­folds in­dus­trial area, with the pa­pers drawn up to guide back­ers and landown­ers about fu­ture use of the land.

Gov­ern­ment fund­ing pro­grammes and Sun­der­land City Coun­cil’s cap­i­tal pro­grammes are also sug­gested.

It has been drafted up fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions be­tween the coun­cil, Sun­der­land AFC, the Foun­da­tion of Light, Ev­ery­one Ac­tive, which runs the Aquatic Cen­tre on be­half of the coun­cil, and de­vel­oper Siglion, a part­ner­ship be­tween the

‘“The area will be­come an ex­cit­ing and lively place” SUN­DER­LAND CITY COUN­CIL

au­thor­ity and con­struc­tion firm Car­il­lion.

Cab­i­net mem­bers are be­ing rec­om­mended to draft Sta­dium Vil­lage Mas­ter­plan for con­sul­ta­tion and as in­terim plan­ning guid­ance.

Sec­tions of land are owned by the club, Homes and Com­mu­ni­ties Agency, Siglion, Ed­ward Thompson prin­ters, Nexus, as well as other pri­vate par­ties.

The draft doc­u­ment says the coun­cil has ac­quired a num­ber of sites in the Sheep­folds ar­eas, in par­tic­u­lar to the north, which is filled with in­dus­trial units.

It is hoped work will “kick start” the area’s re­de­vel­op­ment, with busi­nesses to move through grad­ual re­lo­ca­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Mel Sped­ing, the coun­cil’s cab­i­net sec­re­tary, said: “We’re all proud of our her­itage and cul­ture in Sun­der­land and we all want to see de­vel­op­ment that brings more busi­nesses and jobs, more leisure op­por­tu­ni­ties, and more hous­ing choices.

“This Mas­ter­plan is about en­sur­ing that the area around the Sta­dium of Light is en­hanced and sym­pa­thet­i­cally de­vel­oped in the fu­ture.

“Devel­op­ers need to see guide­lines and an in-depth study and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of how and what should be de­vel­oped on the north of the river can help them, and at­tract them.

“It’s a very im­por­tant part of our city and, sub­ject to next week’s meet­ing, the city coun­cil will be con­sult­ing with the pub­lic and with busi­nesses on this draft mas­ter­plan.

“Like Vaux, this is a for­mer in­dus­trial area and a brown­field site that is be­ing brought back into use and it has fur­ther de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial.

“The club and oth­ers have recog­nised what an ex­cel­lent site it is and I am sure oth­ers will too. “The coun­cil con­sulted re­cently on de­sign and de­vel­op­ment guide­lines for the Min­ster Quar­ter and so a sim­i­lar process is be­ing sug­gested here for Sta­dium Vil­lage.

“While we all recog­nise our his­tory and her­itage, our city has also to look to its fu­ture. Th­ese de­sign and de­vel­op­ment guide­lines are point­ers to our city’s fu­ture.”

The re­port states: “The im­pe­tus pro­vided by the ex­ist­ing sports fa­cil­i­ties, com­bined with fu­ture de­vel­op­ment in the Sheep­folds area, will change per­cep­tions of the area and en­cour­age greater in­vest­ment.

“Sun­der­land City Coun­cil be­lieves this mas­ter­plan frame­work doc­u­ment will herald a new chap­ter in the evo­lu­tion and de­vel­op­ment of Sta­dium Vil­lage.

“If the right bal­ance is struck, the area will be­come an ex­cit­ing and lively place to live, work and visit dur­ing the day, in the evening and at week­ends.

“It is en­vis­aged that the sites with the river­side views will be most at­trac­tive to devel­op­ers and given con­trol and own­er­ship of th­ese sites will come for­ward in ad­vance of other de­vel­op­ment.

“The de­vel­op­ment of th­ese sites has the po­ten­tial to build in­vestor con­fi­dence and set a bench­mark for de­sign qual­ity in the Sheep­folds area.”

It said: “An adopted Mas­ter­plan for Sta­dium Vil­lage will strengthen the coun­cil’s abil­ity to en­sure that in­di­vid­ual devel­op­ments do not take place in iso­la­tion and will fa­cil­i­tate a co-or­di­nated ap­proach to de­vel­op­ment in the area.

“The draft Mas­ter­plan pro­poses to cre­ate mixe­duse devel­op­ments of na­tional rep­u­ta­tion based on the prin­ci­ples of good ur­ban de­sign.”

The re­port will be dis­cussed by the coun­cil’s cab­i­net meet­ing in com­mit­tee room one of the Civic Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day at 2pm.

The Sta­dium of Light and, be­low right, some of the blue­prints.

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