Proposed buildings will be subdivided into 19 units. Credit: planning documents

Commercial Road industrial tipped for Sunderland nod

A £10m proposal billed as Eastgate Point will bring around 90,000 sq ft across seven units in Hendon, to the south-east of the city centre.

In plans that go before Sunderland City Council’s planning committee on 30 October, developer Promenade Park Properties proposes to bring the development to a site formerly occupied by Littlewoods home shopping, for warehousing and a call centre.

The only remaining building on the Hendon site is cued up for demolition as part of the project, which is recommended for approval.

Sunderland architect Building Design (Northern) is advising on the scheme.

The plan is to deliver seven new buildings, plus a drive-thru coffee shop. Each of these buildings will be subdivided into a number of light industrial units, with a total of 19 units across the scheme.

Three buildings are proposed at 8,392 sq ft, one at 10,491 sq ft and three at around 18,000 sq ft each. The larger units are based at the centre of the site.

As part of the project, an 18-pont EV charging station is proposed, along with 118 parking spaces, 21 of them for disabled parking.

Planning officers recommend approval, noting only that the benefit of employment space is only slightly offset by the inclusion of a small retail offer on an industrial site. A green light would follow previous approvals at the site, none of which has been built out.

The plans can be viewed on Sunderland’s planning portal at 23/01526/FU4

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