South Sunderland Growth is Go
A £25m bid towards new roads and infrastructure to support housing growth in south Sunderland has been backed by the Government.
Sunderland City Council made the application to the Housing Infrastructure Fund last year in partnership with Durham County Council. The funding award has now been approved as part of the Chancellor's budget announcements.
The fund for the ‘South Sunderland Growth Area’ bid will allow the council to deliver road infrastructure and junction improvements to unlock up to 4,066 new homes for the city.
Three of the four main development sites Chapelgarth (750 new homes), Cherry Knowle (800 new homes) and South Ryhope (450 new homes) already have planning permission. Land north of Burdon Lane (up to 1000 new homes) and several smaller neighbouring sites are also earmarked for development.
The successful bid will help forward fund necessary infrastructure to support these developments, and forward fund the completion of the Ryhope Doxford Link Road as well as add to funding already secured for improvements to the A19/A690 junction.
Additionally, it will include extensions to nearby primary schools and extra capacity at a secondary school.
The council will be continuing to work closely with Durham County Council on improvements at the neighbouring A1018/A19 junction to reassign through traffic (to/from Sunderland) away from Seaton Lane, Seaham. This will further help with delivering new homes in Sunderland and Durham.
Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, Councillor Rebecca Atkinson said: “I’m delighted that the Council has been successful in its bid for funding that will help stimulate housing and infrastructure growth.
“The South Sunderland growth area is expected to meet the demand for around one-in-five of the new homes that Sunderland needs in coming years. It's a big part of our city's future as we broaden our housing stock and help prevent outward migration.
“By building new homes and offering more housing choice we continue our city's social and economic transformation.”
Durham County Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Housing, Councillor Kevin Shaw, said: “Seaham and Sunderland South have grown substantially in recent years as a direct result of very successful investment strategies from both us and Sunderland City Council. This growth – in both business and communities – has led to increased traffic accessing and leaving the A19 via Seaton Lane which has caused congestion and impacted upon residents and the places they live.
“We are therefore delighted that our joint application for funding has been successful. This will allow us to improve road connectivity long-term, delivering real benefits for Seaham, the city of Sunderland, and indeed the region.”
The Housing Infrastructure Fund is a Government capital grant programme to help deliver up to 100,000 new homes in England, administered by Homes England, the government’s housing agency.
It seeks to: deliver new physical infrastructure to support new and existing communities; make more land available for housing in high demand areas; support ambitious local authorities who want to step up their plans for growth and make a meaningful difference to overall housing supply; and allow local authorities to recycle the funding for other infrastructure projects, achieving more and delivering new homes in the future.