Green light for Sunderland care home

Verum Victum Healthcare has secured permission for a 94-bed facility at the former Jennings Ford site on Washington Road.

In line with officer recommendation, Sunderland Council’s planning committee voted to approve the plans, which comprise 58 apartments for extra care, specialist dementia care and assisted living, along with a 36-bed intermediate care facility.

Verum Victum’s professional team includes architect Condy Lofthouse, Struktura Engineering Services, Natural Wild Consultants, transport advisor Eddisons, Redmore Environmental and Complete Sustainability Solutions. Peacock + Smith is the planning consultant and joint agent.

The application site is around two miles north-west of Sunderland city centre, north of the Northern Spire River Wear bridge. The former car sales garage is no longer there, although a car wash operates from part of the site.

The site falls within a wider plot originally intended for retail development, which has gone largely unfulfilled, with the exception of a Lidl store. Neighbours to the Verum Victim site include an office building off Castleton Way, adjacent to which a residential scheme has recently been approved.

As proposed by the applicant, the scheme will be a single building, part three- and part four-storey, to account for the sloping nature of its site.

Other projects delivered by Cheshire-headquartered Verum Victim include the £12.5m extra care scheme Albion Mill in Blackburn. Lancashire.

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