Twenty nine affordable homers are in the TW scheme. Credit: planning documents

Taylor Wimpey cues up Sunderland consent

Around 200 homes could be delivered at a former comprehensive school site north of Washington, while the council wants to build a “mobility hub” in the city centre.

Sunderland City Council’s planning committee will consider the application for 190 homes in Usworth from Taylor Wimpey at its meeting on 27 November.

Also on the agenda are facilities within the Nissan plant, and the council’s mobility hub project.

The school in Usworth was demolished in 2007, and part of its historic footprint is now occupied by Sunderland College Washington. Close to the A195, the area is predominantly residential.

Taylor Wimpey intends to include 29 affordable homes within the project, which will have two-, three- and four-bedroom houses.

Hedley Planning Services is advising, with the professional team also featuring E3 Ecology, TPS Transport Consultants, Coast Consulting Engineers, NJD Environmental and JPS Sustainability.

The development has been designed so that 150 dwellings would be accessed off Stone Cellar Road to the north – using the same access as the college – with 29 homes accessed off Essex Drive to the south west and 11 dwellings from Norfolk Drive to the south.

Taylor Wimpey’s proposals can be viewed on Sunderland’s planning portal with the reference 22/00294/FU4.

Approval is recommended, as it is for Nissan’s latest site reconfiguration. The Japanese motor giant wants to build two storage units and replace an exiting storage tent structure in a project that will involve some parking reconfiguration.

The mobility hub is a smaller version of a similar project pursued by Manchester City Council in Ancoats, as local authorities try to encourage shifts in transport use.

Full planning permission is sought for the development of a 196-space car park with associated access, servicing and landscape works, to include the erection of a mobility hub, photovoltaic canopies and a retaining wall.

The development site, originally intended for a 400-space car park, is positioned to the south of Holmeside within the city centre. Two buildings, the Railway Club and Sinatra’s pub, were demolished under the initial consent.

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