Duchy Homes set to develop on Potters Hill

Award-winning housebuilder Duchy Homes is the latest housing developer to commit to Sunderland, after exchanging contracts on land in the south of the city.

Duchy Homes has committed to acquire a 16.44 acre site at the city’s Potters Hill development, close to Chapelgarth. 

The agreement to purchase the plot - which is expected to accommodate up to 179 homes - means that Duchy Homes is set to become the third private housebuilder to advance with homes on the 112-acre site. Potters Hill is a key part of the South Sunderland Growth Area, being led by Sunderland City Council to deliver high quality homes for a range of families.

It is expected that  within the coming weeks Duchy Homes will submit a planning application to deliver a range of two, three, four and five bedroom properties.

Councillor Rebecca Atkinson, dynamic city cabinet member at Sunderland City Council, said: “Ensuring we have the range of homes that our residents, now and in the future, will need is a critical priority for this council, so we are thrilled to see that yet another high-quality housing developer has been attracted to invest in Sunderland, creating homes that will allow us to attract a range of families to the city.

“South Sunderland – of which Potters Hill is a part - is becoming a hugely attractive place for families to live, and as more developers invest, its appeal only grows.”

Duchy Homes’ Chief Executive Officer, John Barnes , said that its move into Sunderland had been made easy by an enviable track record of attracting investment from other housebuilders, and the impressive rate of sales in the city.

He said: “We are delighted to have exchanged contracts on land at Potters Hill, which we believe will be a fantastic development site for our high-quality family homes.

“Sunderland represents a really exciting market. We have seen the city’s ambition to develop high-quality new communities, and have watched that bear fruit for other housebuilders in the area, who have enjoyed successful schemes. We truly believe that our own development at Potters Hill will be equally popular with families looking for an high-quality place to live and we’re really excited to move forward.”

The wider Potters Hill scheme will deliver more than 700 new homes and will be delivered in phases, with individually designed developments being completed to create an attractive new residential community with a range of distinct property types.

The Potters Hill scheme protects the woodland areas that surround the development and has been influenced by the existing landscape and natural features of the site.  Across the whole Potters Hill site, when it is fully developed, there will be 13.5 hectares of natural green space – the equivalent in area to over 18.2 full size football pitches. 

The sale of the site to Duchy Homes is being managed by property agent Knight Frank.

James Platts, partner at Knight Frank Newcastle, said: “We are delighted to have helped bring another high-quality developer to this scheme. It is incredibly positive news for Sunderland.”

Potters Hill is one of a number of new housing schemes planned or underway in Sunderland, that will see more than 7,000 new properties rise from the ground over the coming 10 years.

The council is leading a city-wide housing strategy to ensure Sunderland has the volume and variety of homes it needs to attract and retain a diverse range of residents.  Among other housing developments moving forward across the city are new coastal communities being created by Avant Homes and Miller Homes at Seaburn; 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 significant new affordable homes programme. Sunderland City Council is also delivering on ambitions to develop contemporary new city centre homes on the Riverside Sunderland site, the existing Civic Centre site, and at Northern Spire Park alongside the stunning Northern Spire bridge as well as having started work on the first council houses built in Sunderland for almost 40 years earlier this year.