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22Nov2021
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Proposals for new homes at Carley Hill set to boost local economy

We've submitted proposals to build 225 affordable homes across two exciting new developments in Carley Hill, which would support social and economic growth in Sunderland.

The new £37 million-pound proposals will look to redevelop the former Carley Hill school site, which has been vacant for 16 years, and the former quarry site into desirable new residential developments.

The developments will be fully affordable. Most of the homes would be made available for affordable rent, which is 80% of local market rent, with properties also available for affordable homeownership options, such as shared ownership and rent to buy, to help Sunderland’s residents get a foot on the property ladder.

If approved, the plans would support 286 jobs on-site and in the wider community and would create an additional £33.6 million of gross value added to the region, putting the new housing schemes at the forefront of the city’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both developments include a variety of house types including two, three and four-bedroom family homes and two-bedroom bungalows for older people. In total, the 225 proposed properties would provide a home for just over 500 people.

Joanne Gordon, Development Director at Gentoo Group, said:

 “New affordable homes are a major part of Gentoo’s future as we look to meet the varying needs of Sunderland’s residents.

These developments are the next stage of delivering hundreds of high-quality, affordable new homes and will have a major positive impact on the local economy during both the construction phase and once complete as we welcome new tenants to the homes.”

Councillor Kevin Johnston, Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet Member for Dynamic City, said:

“Gentoo has embarked on an ambitious programme for building hundreds of new and affordable homes over the next five years.

“The City Council is very supportive of all this work and has worked closely with Gentoo on ensuring that this development at Carley Hill will offer both choice and affordability.

“By working together on preparing this site, we are continuing our city's social and economic transformation to a more dynamic, healthy and vibrant Sunderland.”

We consulted on the proposals in October 2020 and has worked to incorporate consultation feedback such as landscaping considerations prior to submitting the formal application.

These new homes form part of our planned £117 million investment into affordable homes in Sunderland over the next three years.

More information about the proposals can be found here.