Foot­ball’s be­com­ing homes in £1m sale

Sunderland Echo - - Retro -

For sale – Roker Park, which was be­ing lined up for a hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.

Sun­der­land AFC had lodged a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion with the city coun­cil seek­ing per­mis­sion for a range of res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties to be built on the site when it puts Roker Park up for sale at the end of next sea­son.

The club be­lieves the ground should fetch more than £1mil­lion on the open mar­ket and has al­ready re­ceived sev­eral in­quiries from na­tional and re­gional build­ing com­pa­nies who are in­ter­ested in it.

But a club spokesman was quick to point out that no agree­ment will be en­tered into be­fore the city coun­cil has de­ter­mined the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion.

And with Roker Park cov­er­ing some 2.4 hectares, more than 60 de­tached and semi-de­tached houses could be built on the land.

Even more houses could cover the site if a fu­ture de­vel­oper de­cides to stick to build­ing ter­raced prop­er­ties.

The plans have been wel­comed by res­i­dents liv­ing around the fa­mous old ground. Re­ceipts from the sale of Roker Park will go to­wards the new sta­dium.

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