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Proposal submitted for housing development in Sunderland

Sunderland College has revealed it plans to replace sections of its campus in order to make room for a new housing development.

Officials have stated they are looking to transfer the activities undertaken at its site in Shiney Row to other areas, with the area being used for a new estate.

Almost 150 family homes would be built, it was announced at a consultation event, around half of which would be semi-detached, the Sunderland Echo reports.

Approximately 30 per cent are set to be terraced properties, possibly up to three stories high, while the rest are poised to be detached houses - all of which will have two or three bedrooms.

A formal application has been made to Sunderland Council, but there were some concerns raised from local residents who attended the consultation.

Some were worried about the appearance of the site, as well as things like noise, ecology, ground conditions and transport.

Drainage was also an issue raised, with questions regarding the potential for flooding in the area, as well as how schools would be able to cope with extra children moving to the region.

Sunderland College was also asked if there was an alternative proposal as to what could be done with the land, but the response said it needed to think about how to maximise revenues.

Anne Isherwood, the college's principal, said: "The campus will close to all students at the end of the academic year with all courses transferring to other campuses including the new purpose built sports and visual and performing arts academies.

"This is a major development for the college, providing state of the art facilities."

"With the proposed housing development on the Shiney Row site there is a potential for growth for the local businesses in that area."

There are also plans for the college to develop a new city centre campus in the Holmeside Triangle, which could cost as much as £29 million.

Posted by Paul Taylor