Avant proposes 85-home seafront community for Sunderland

Avant Homes North East (Demo)

A Sunderland-based housebuilder has submitted plans to the city council for a proposed development of 85 new homes in Seaburn.

The homes, proposed by Avant Homes North East, would be situated on land at Lowry Road, close to Sunderland’s seafront. The ground is located behind the former Seaburn Centre, which is set to be transformed into a new leisure destination.

The proposals offer a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom family homes. The housebuilder has applied to the council for permission to build a range of detached and semi-detached homes, which will each come with a garage, car parking and a generous garden.

The wider site has been earmarked as a mixed-used development for a number of years, and two major leisure developments have been brought forward by private sector partners working closely with Sunderland City Council.

“We have submitted a proposal for a development of design-led homes that will bring high quality properties and a wide range of choice for people living in Seaburn,” said Jennifer Tupman, Avant Homes North East’s regional director. “We are committed to creating a development that meets the needs of the local community and delivers exceptional new homes for Sunderland. Subject to planning approval, we hope to commence construction in early 2020.”

The council is leading a city-wide housing strategy, intended to ensure Sunderland has the volume and variety of homes it needs to attract and retain a diverse range of residents.

Among other planned housing developments across the city is a £40 million scheme delivered by Karbon Homes in North Hylton and a £400 million-plus plan by Gentoo to invest in its existing stock, as well as new schemes.

Meanwhile, the council has also revealed it has ambitions to develop contemporary new city centre homes on the former Vaux Brewery site, as well as on the opposite side of the river, close to the Stadium of Light.

The plans from Avant Homes will sit alongside a site that has been earmarked by the council for leisure developments. Plans for a STACK were given approval earlier this summer, and the Inn Collection Group, which is a North East-based business that creates family-friendly inns with rooms across the region, has submitted plans to create a 40-room venue at Seaburn.

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said that the level of interest and investment being attracted to Sunderland – which amounts to more than £1.5 billion – demonstrates the momentum being built in the city.

“Sunderland is establishing itself as a really up and coming seaside city, with business hubs emerging in the city centre, more and better leisure coming forward and new jobs emerging thanks to the attraction of big employers keen to tap into the fantastic people who live here,” he said.

“To grow our economy, we need to increase the number of high-quality homes we offer for families – we need to build on the pride that already exists and ensure Sunderland is a place people are happy to call home.

“Avant Homes is a rapidly-growing housebuilder and a company that has a strong reputation for the quality of its homes.  We’re delighted that they’re interested in bringing forward a scheme that will create an attractive new community in Sunderland.”



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