Gentoo finalises plans for 268 new affordable homes in Sunderland

The North East housing association Gentoo has finalised plans for a £45 million investment into new affordable housing in Sunderland following public consultation.

Working with Homes England, the Sunderland-based housing association has submitted plans to build 268 new homes across Sunderland that will be available for affordable rent or shared ownership.

Gentoo first announced the plans back in June when it invited the public to feed back on the proposals in a consultation that has now concluded.

If approved by Sunderland City Council, Gentoo’s two-year plan will support 693 jobs across Sunderland, which it says will help aid the city’s social and economic recovery from COVID-19.

Nigel Wilson, CEO at Gentoo Group, said: “Sunderland is a city in transformation and it’s clear the significant amount of development and construction work that is ongoing across Wearside will be the catalyst for social and economic growth post COVID-19.

“We’re pleased to be playing our part by submitting plans to build much needed new modern affordable rented housing that our tenants and the people of Sunderland deserve.”

Gentoo’s plans are expected to create 279 jobs on construction sites and 441 in the wider economy, while also bringing around £5.5 million of extra spend to the city and the region.

The new homes will cover a range of property types and could be spread across eight sites in Central Downhill, Silksworth, Hetton-Le-Hole, Hylton Castle, Carley Hill, Town End Farm, Pennywell and Columbia.

The plans will support Sunderland City Council’s ongoing regeneration programme as the council is aiming to build over 7,000 new homes in the city over the next ten years.

Cllr Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “High quality housing for everyone in Sunderland is an absolute priority for this City Council. As a council we work closely with all developers and are supportive of Gentoo’s plans and its contribution to making Sunderland more dynamic, healthy and vibrant.

“When we keep contractors and the supply chain as local as possible, we all help support businesses in the North East. By building new homes, and with continued development in our infrastructure, we are all offering more housing choice and continuing our city’s social and economic transformation.”

Last year, Gentoo announced plans to invest £117 million into affordable housing in Sunderland. The housing association aims to build 900 more homes in the city by 2024.

Image: Artist’s representation of how Gentoo’s new affordable homes could look. Credit: Gentoo

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