Building work at Sunderland’s new flagship housing development, Chester Gate, is set to get underway following a breaking of the ground by a number of the city’s leaders.
The development, which is being constructed by our private house builder, Gentoo Homes, sits at the gateway to the city from the A19 on the old Pennywell estate off Chester Road in Sunderland.
The first phase of the new development will feature 118 new contemporary homes for sale and involves a new access road being constructed into the development from Chester Road.
As part of this, Sunderland City Council will be carrying out major highways improvements along Chester Road adjacent to the new development and enabling works have already begun on part of the site.
New traffic lights will be installed at the new entrance to Chester Gate, along with a new pedestrian crossing that will replace the existing under pass.
The site, which has been left open for a number of years and used as amenity space by local residents and driving instructors, will be fully fenced off up to existing properties on the boundary of the site.
The wider site is earmarked for 500 homes in total, however, plans for future phases of the development are yet to be confirmed.
This follows our recent announcement to invest £117 million in 900 additional homes to rent in Sunderland as part of a new Affordable Homes Programme.
Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive Officer at Gentoo Group, said:
“It is great news for Sunderland that work is finally beginning at Chester Gate. This is a hugely important regeneration project for the city and will provide much needed high quality new housing for local residents.
“It is also a great example of how Gentoo Homes can build homes for sale and generate a surplus that helps us to deliver new affordable homes to rent.”
Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, Councillor Rebecca Atkinson, said:
“At our most recent full council meeting, the council agreed and updated its housing commitments. These include that we must prioritise the building of housing for all residents, young or old, and for all types of housing.
“Work on this new development and Gentoo’s recent pledge on 900 new homes for renters are part of this housing commitment and to seeing a more dynamic and vibrant Sunderland.”
Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Graeme Miller, added:
“This council is very keen to see more housing of all kinds developed in our city. Using the guidelines and rules that the Government is giving to all councils, Sunderland will be seeing thousands of new homes built in coming years.
“As a council we are always looking at options and ideas to work with developers and other partners. This is exactly what is happening with the Chester Gate development as the council is contributing £2m highways works to help support Gentoo's investment.
“The new homes on this gateway site are a major investment and vote of confidence in our city that this council very much supports.”