PLANS to build more than 100 new “affordable” homes on the site of a former college campus in Sunderland have gained council approval.
Karbon Homes now expects work to deliver the new homes will begin later this year. The North Hylton site is where the old campus for Sunderland College currently stands. This closed in 2016.
The new development will provide 105 new homes of different styles and tenures with landscaping intended to help foster a sense of community. The £20 million housing scheme will deliver a mix of “affordable” rented homes and rent-to-buy properties, with family homes and bungalows for older residents alongside one another.
Karbon has worked alongside IDPartnership architects on the masterplan for the extensive site. The housing provider’s development team has also been working closely with Sunderland City Council, which is driving forward its plan to regenerate the city with new homes, business spaces and leisure venues across Sunderland.
Karbon is set to start work on the development early in 2020. The plans are part of a £44 million investment by Karbon to build nearly 300 homes in Sunderland, and fit into a wider council-led vision that will see thousands of new homes built in the city over the next 10 years.
“This project represents a significant commitment from us to developing affordable, high quality homes in the city of Sunderland,” said Ged Walsh, Karbon’s director of development and asset management.
“Adding together this project in North Hylton, alongside a further seven sites we have in the city of Sunderland, Karbon Homes and its partners are looking to build nearly 300 homes in Sunderland, and we look forward to bringing all these projects to fruition.”
Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said the scheme represented an opportunity to create a new community that was ideally located to take advantage of emerging job opportunities across the city.
“More and better homes are at the heart of our plans for Sunderland,” he added. “Vibrant new communities will absolutely transform our offer as a place to live, and we know that by creating attractive new family homes, we can grow the city, and attract more families – of all shapes and sizes – to choose to live here, and ultimately, work, rest and play in Sunderland.
“By developing homes in places that are close to emerging business hubs like Riverside Sunderland, and the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), we know we can really bolster the city – bringing in new people who want to live close to work, and who will bring their spending power to Sunderland’s regenerating city centre.”
The council worked in partnership with Sunderland College to attract investment in the site.
Karbon has worked alongside Homes England to bring the North Hylton site to fruition. It has also received support from Portland Consulting Engineers and surveyors Elliott Associates.
Karen Anderson, from Homes England, said: “It is great to be supporting Karbon Homes to deliver these homes that will create an intergenerational community – with housing options for people at different life stages – in an accessible location and close to future employment opportunities.
“Homes England wants to work with ambitious partners working on place making and this is a great example, transforming a derelict college site into high quality homes in a well-designed environment.”
Main Image: Artist’s impression of proposed North Hylton development.