Planning consent for new homes at Potters Hill

Story Homes has obtained planning consent for 115 new properties at the Potters Hill development, which forms part of the transformation of South Sunderland.

Construction of three, four and five-bedroom properties at The Birches will commence early in the new year and will stand alongside 160 new homes which are being delivered by another developer.

The scheme is part of a £65m commitment from Story Homes to invest across the city, which will see it build 450 homes in Sunderland, creating hundreds of jobs over the coming years.  The Birches represents a £23m investment that will bring more high quality family homes to this increasingly attractive part of the city. 

Allan Thompson, Managing Director for Story Homes in the North East, said: “We’re delighted to obtain planning consent and are looking forward to commencing construction at The Birches at Potters Hill, a scheme we have been very excited to move forward with since lodging our planning application in the summer. 

“Sunderland is a transforming city, and an increasingly attractive place to live, work and play.  We know that there is huge demand for high quality new homes in the city, so we’re very much looking forward to getting these properties completed and on the market, creating attractive new homes for families of all kinds.”

The privately-owned business – which has been designing and building high quality homes across the North of England and Southern Scotland for over 30 years – already has a number of live and completed sites across the wider North East area, but Potters Hill represents Story Homes’ first steps into Sunderland.

“We see so much potential in Sunderland so we’re really pleased to be establishing a presence here, and – with longer term ambitions to develop more homes in the city – we’re excited about the future.”

The wider Potters Hill scheme will deliver more than 700 new homes, covering a 112-acre area.  It is being delivered in phases, with individually designed developments being completed to create an attractive new residential community with a range of distinct property types.

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “It’s brilliant to see planning consent for another high quality housing development in the city.  We are determined to deliver varied, high-quality housing stock in Sunderland, so we’re really excited about this relationship with Story Homes and look forward to many more schemes coming forward.”

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 full size football pitches.  The entire development is being delivered by Sunderland City Council’s City Development Directorate as principle developer.

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. It was Sunderland City Council’s ambitious plans for the city – which will create exciting new places to live, work and play – that captured the attention of Story Homes, leading to the housebuilder’s decision to invest in the city.

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 is a new coastal community being created by Avant House 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.

Story Homes has obtained planning consent for 115 new properties at the Potters Hill development