Homes scheme for site of for­mer school

Sunderland Echo - - News - By Chris Bind­ing Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter Twit­ter: @sun­der­lan­de­cho

A for­mer school site in Sun­der­land could be trans­formed into a 40-home es­tate un­der plans by coun­cil bosses.

Next week, Sun­der­land City Coun­cil’s cab­i­net will be asked to back plans to dis­pose of land at the for­mer South­wick Pri­mary School site, off North­ern Way.

The school closed its doors for good in 2009 as pupils made the move to a state-of-the-art build­ing in nearby Shake­speare Street.

If ap­proved by city lead­ers, the 4.2-acre site will be trans­ferred to the Ber­ni­cia Group for res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment of 40 new homes.

A cab­i­net re­port states the dis­posal will help se­cure in­vest­ment in the city, “re­gen­er­ate a sig­nif­i­cant brown­field site”, in­crease coun­cil tax in­come and re­duce se­cu­rity / main­te­nance costs.

The land will also be dis­posed at a price which is “best rea­son­ably ob­tain­able”, the re­port adds, with the sum agreed by coun­cil of­fi­cers and the cab­i­net sec­re­tary at a later date.

As part of the pro­pos­als, an ex­ist­ing park on the north of the site will be moved to the east to al­low ac­cess for the new homes.

With the Ber­ni­cia Group se­cur­ing a Homes Eng­land grant, af­ford­able homes are ex­pected to be built on the site, sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion be­ing granted.

Sun­der­land City Coun­cil’s cab­i­net will dis­cuss the site next Wednesday, Jan­uary 16 at Sun­der­land Civic Cen­tre.

The meet­ing starts at 2pm. Any­one who wants more in­for­ma­tion can visit www.sun­der­land.gov.uk

The for­mer South­wick Pri­mary School site, Sun­der­land. (Pic­ture: Google Maps)

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