Read­ers have mixed views on sta­dium vil­lage scheme


Sunderland Echo - - News - By David Al­li­son­li­ Twit­ter: @davi­dal­li­son88

An am­bi­tious vi­sion to cre­ate a sports and leisure vil­lage around the Sta­dium of Light has cer­tainly proved to be a real talking point among Echo read­ers.

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.

It is hoped pri­vate in­vest­ment will fund the de­vel­op­ments on the for­mer Wear­mouth Col­liery site and neigh­bour­ing Sheep­folds in­dus­trial area, which could be com­pleted by 2030.

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

Dif­fer­ing views on the de­tailed pro­pos­als were given b y read­ers on our Face­book page. Thomas Howe wrote: “This would be amaz­ing for the city, it’s cry­ing out or some­thing like that other next o the SoL! The site is cur­rently a dump and we need to at­tract vis­i­tors!

“We have thou­sands of peo­ple come from all the coun­try to watch their teams and they come for the match but hardly ever come back!

“Stuff like this de­vel­op­ment would change this.”

Neil Cam­pion wrote: “Great plans if they ever come off.

“I re­ally don’t get hous­ing though, es­pe­cially bun­ga­lows.

“Bun­ga­lows are typ­i­cally for re­tired peo­ple who would not want to be near here.

“It’s also a waste of pace which could al­low for ALL of the great sug­gested ideas to re­ally fit in and be top-class fa­cil­i­ties.”

Christo­pher Barker added: “Sounds great, let’s hope it gets done quicker than the Vaux site.

“And hope­fully all our his­toric build­ings get looked af­ter too!”

Chris Hall added: “This would be ut­terly fan­tas­tic for that area and the city. I hope some­one takes them up on the plans.”

Vicki Daw­son wrote: “I would love an ice rink in Sun­der­land!”

Char­lie Sum­mer­bell added: “Good to see some am­bi­tion and some plans for hous­ing on brown­field land rather than the green­belt. Look­ing for­ward to see­ing some­thing hap­pen.”

Oth­ers were less con­vinced, how­ever.

Shaun Kee­lan wrote: “The sta­dium is al­ready look­ing dwarfed by the new ho­tel and build­ing be­ing built.

“Sun­der­land’s an­swer to im­prove­ment seems to just be build­ing huge things that stick out like a sore thumb.”

Joyc al­ley wrote: “More fan­tas­tic plans that will prob­a­bly never hap­pen.

“We have seen lots of plans in the past that never went past the plan­ning stage.”

Heather Ad­di­son added: “Put it in the town cen­tre – it will make a dif­fer­ence to stu­dent flats.

“This should have been on the Vaux site.”

The plans are set to go out to pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

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

Artist’s im­pres­sion of a pl ned l ry hot l .

A new sta­dium fan zone, walk­ways, a new ho­tel and ice rink are planned for the Sta­dium of Light and Sheep­folds.

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