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Vistry lodges Sunderland Civic Centre plans

4 Jan Vistry Partnerships has submitted a planning application for a residential development on the site of Sunderland’s old Civic Centre.

How the Sunderland development might look
How the Sunderland development might look

Sunderland’s brutalist civic centre is no longer in use following the opening of its new City Hall in November.  Vistry plans to build 265 homes, in a mix of town houses and apartments.

Vistry was named as the council’s preferred developer last year and has been working with the community to shape its plans for the area.

The new homes on the Civic Centre site are part of a wider council plan to build more than 7,000 new homes across the city by 2030. 

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Sunderland City Council leader Graeme Miller said: “The former Civic Centre site represents an exciting development opportunity and Vistry’s plans maximise it, delivering an attractive new residential community with plenty of open spaces that will allow people from neighbouring communities to pass through to make their way into the city centre. 

“We’re working hard to double the residential population in the city centre, because we know this will make a step change in the area and deliver upon the social and economic objectives in our city plan.”

Among other housing developments moving forward across the city are new coastal communities being created by Avant Homes and Miller Homes at Seaburn; family homes being delivered by Miller Homes, Story Homes, Duchy Homes, and Bellway at Potters Hill and Burdon Rise, a £40m scheme delivered by Karbon Homes in North Hylton and a £400m+ plan by Gentoo to improve its existing stock and build new affordable homes. Sunderland City Council is also delivering on ambitions to develop new city centre homes on the Riverside Sunderland site, and at Northern Spire Park alongside the Northern Spire bridge and has ambitions to establish a creative community at Sunniside.

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