Second site for Gentoo in delivery of 900 homes plan

A Sunderland housing provider has been granted planning permission to develop a second site in its plan to deliver 900 “affordable” rented homes by 2024.

The city council has approved Gentoo’s plans to develop 44 new homes at Avenue Vivian in Fencehouses.

The development, part of Gentoo’s Affordable Homes Plan, will offer a choice of two- and three-bedroom houses and two-bedroom bungalows all at “affordable” rent, which is 80% of local market rents.

Work on the site is expected to begin early in 2020 and the first of the new homes will be available to rent in late the same year.

This is the second Gentoo site given the go-ahead in the last month, following the approval of 56 new homes – consisting of two-bedroom bungalows and two- and three-bedroom houses – at Downhill in early September.

“We announced our plans to provide 900 more affordable rented homes in Sunderland in April and I’m thrilled that we’re progressing with such pace,” said Nigel Wilson, Gentoo Group’s chief executive.

“We’ve secured planning permission for 100 new affordable homes in just one month and we’re looking forward to starting to develop these sites early next year.

“Gentoo is directly addressing the ongoing shortage of affordable rented homes in Sunderland and, through our Affordable Homes Plan, we’ll provide a great choice of quality new and refurbished homes for rent across the city.”

Gentoo’s £117 million Affordable Homes Plan aims to provide more affordable rented properties for Sunderland residents by working with Sunderland City Council to bring empty properties back into use, acquiring properties near to its existing estates, and building a range of new high-quality homes for rent across the city.


Main Image: Proposed designs of Gentoo’s rented homes at Avenue Vivian.


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