Avant Homes Seaburn

Development of 85 new homes in Seaburn proposed by Avant Homes

A NEW coastal community comprising 85 homes could be set for Seaburn as part of plans submitted to Sunderland City Council by Sunderland-based housebuilder Avant Homes North East.

Avant Homes North East, which has recently built schemes in Chester-le-Street, Gateshead and Wingate, has put forward plans for a residential development on land at Lowry Road, close to Sunderland’s seafront. 

The proposals, which comprise a mix of two, three and four-bedroom family homes, will see attractive new properties rise from the ground behind the site of the former Seaburn Centre, which is set to be transformed into a vibrant leisure destination with a STACK development due for completion in spring 2020.

Avant Homes has applied to the council for permission to build a range of detached and semi-detached homes, which will each come with a garage, car parking and a generous garden.  The wider site has been earmarked as a mixed-used development for a number of years, and two major leisure developments have been brought forward by private sector partners working closely with Sunderland City Council.

Avant Homes North East is part of the Avant Homes group, one of the UK’s leading developers of residential property. Its regional Sunderland head office employs 200 people. The housebuilder is also working with local residents to understand their views on the proposals and to work with them to deliver a development that will enhance the area whilst preserving and improving green spaces within and around the site.

Avant Homes North East regional director, Jennifer Tupman said: “We have submitted a proposal for a development of design-led homes that will bring high quality properties and a wide range of choice for people living in Seaburn. We are committed to creating a development that meets the needs of the local community and delivers exceptional new homes for Sunderland. Subject to planning approval, we hope to commence construction in early 2020.”

Sunderland City Council is leading a city-wide housing strategy, that will ensure Sunderland has the volume and variety of homes it needs to attract and retain a diverse range of residents.  Among other planned housing developments across the city is a £40m scheme delivered by Karbon Homes in North Hylton and a £400m+ plan by Gentoo to invest in its existing stock, as well as new schemes.  Sunderland City Council has also revealed it has ambitions to develop contemporary new city centre homes on the former Vaux Brewery site, as well as on the opposite side of the river, close to the Stadium of Light. 

The plans from Avant Homes will sit alongside a site that has been earmarked by the council for leisure developments.  Plans for a STACK were given approval earlier this summer, and the Inn Collection Group, which is a North East-based business that creates family-friendly inns with rooms across the region, has submitted plans to create a 40-room venue at Seaburn. 

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said that the level of interest and investment being attracted to Sunderland – which amounts to more than £1.5bn – demonstrates the momentum being built in the city.

He said: “Sunderland is establishing itself as a really up and coming seaside city, with business hubs emerging in the city centre, more and better leisure coming forward and new jobs emerging thanks to the attraction of big employers keen to tap into the fantastic people who live here. 

“To grow our economy, we need to increase the number of high-quality homes we offer for families – we need to build on the pride that already exists and ensure Sunderland is a place people are happy to call home.

“Avant Homes is a rapidly-growing housebuilder and a company that has a strong reputation for the quality of its homes.  We’re delighted that they’re interested in bringing forward a scheme that will create an attractive new community in Sunderland.”

Seaburn has seen waves of improvements in recent years. The area was enhanced with stunning landscaping works to the promenade, with new sculptures and public art creating a more attractive seafront vista, and Seaburn’s sister resort of Roker has also been brought back to life, with a range of cafes and eateries at Pier Point, as well as a major project to restore the city’s lighthouse, creating a vibrant new destination for people from in and around the city.

In July this year, Sunderland’s seaside received a further boost, with £820k committed to regenerating under-used and historic buildings along the Seaburn and Roker promenade.  The plans will see a former toilet block at Roker, along with the former Bay Shelter and the old tram shelter at Seaburn, transformed into cafés and restaurants, and plans are also afoot for 12 vibrant beach huts along the seafront.  There will also be upgrades to the infrastructure of Seaburn Camp to make it better for touring caravans.