Sunderland to get £300,000 community boost from housing scheme

Ayton Park image 1 - Credit Vistry Partnerships (Demo)

A North East housing project is set to deliver thousands of pounds for community initiatives in the city of Sunderland.

The residential scheme on the former grounds of Ayton School in Washington will provide over £300,000 towards local educational, environmental and leisure initiatives. This comes as part of a planning agreement between Sunderland City Council and the developer Vistry Partnerships North East.

The development, named Ayton Park, will feature 56 new two, three and four bedroomed homes of mixed tenures. Half will be made available for private sale and the other half will be for shared ownership sale through the housing association Riverside.

Ayton Park has been supported by the government’s housing accelerator Homes England which works to increase the number of new homes across England.

Cllr Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “We’re determined to ensure that development projects that move forward in the city really deliver for communities and this is a fantastic example of the council driving community wealth and prosperity through our deals with private developers.

“As well as delivering more high-quality housing for the city, this agreement with Vistry Partnerships is already bringing about a range of additional community benefits.  We will always ensure that, as a council, our endeavours deliver maximum value for the people we serve.

“We’re delivering a huge programme of regeneration across Sunderland and maximising the advantages to the area during development is vital if we’re to ensure this city realises its vast potential.”

The first £100,000 of funding will go towards improvement towards improvements to Ayton Park, better children’s play facilities, and environmental maintenance along the Bowes Railway.

The remainder of the funding will go towards supporting schools as part of a wider private funding programme.

The initial payment will be made early next year when the first residents move into Ayton Park, while the final payment will be made when the last residents arrive in 2022.

Sean Egan, Managing Director with Vistry Partnerships North East, added: “Through this partnership with Sunderland City Council we are confident that by regenerating and breathing new life into this former school site we can help deliver positive changes for local communities.

“Our goal is not only to build high quality new properties, which improve the choice of homes across the region but to invest and enhance community facilities and access to educational support and training.”

Ayton Park is one of several new housing schemes moving ahead in Sunderland as Sunderland City Council aims to build over 7,000 new homes in the city over the next 10 years.

Forthcoming developments in Sunderland include 4,066 new homes in the South Sunderland Growth Area and over 1,000 new homes next to Sunderland’s Northern Spire bridge.

Image:(L-R) Sean Egan, managing director of Vistry Partnerships North East, Cllr Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, and Chris Jamieson, Vistry site manager at Sunderland’s new housing project at Ayton Park. Credit: Vistry Partnerships.

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