• 20 January 2021
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A £900k scheme – the third in a £59m programme to create new homes in Sunderland – is rising from the ground in Shiney Row.

Sunderland City Council has contracted North East construction partner Tolent to complete a handful of stunning new homes, that will create a pocket-sized community in the Houghton village.  

The Homes England-backed development of five two-bedroom bungalows will create properties for affordable rent for over 55s, and is the second council-led new-build scheme to be delivered across the city. 

Councillor Rebecca Atkinson, dynamic city portfolio holder, said it was another important step forward in the council’s vision to deliver a more diverse housing-mix that will cater for all kinds of families. 

She said: “We’re thrilled to see work move forward on these important new properties that will cater for our older residents, who might require a more accessible home but still wish to remain independent.

“It is vital that, as a council, we step in to complement the schemes that others are delivering, to ensure we fulfil the housing priorities of the city.  Developments like this one allow us to do just that, building much-needed bungalows across Sunderland that will help older members of our community lead independent lives, and free up larger homes for families.”

The properties - at Stanley Terrace - will provide stunning one-storey accommodation for older residents and are part of a wider Council Housing delivery programme to enable local people to access homes that they need and enable them to live independently as possible.

The local authority has committed to bring more than 360 empty properties into use as family homes over the next five years; deliver 117 new build bungalows; and through new build, conversion and refurbishment, create 95 new homes as supported accommodation.  

Chris Price, regional director for Tolent, said: "Our successful partnership with the council is delivering more than 30 new homes in the city, all of which are creating high quality housing for a variety of needs, including these much needed bungalows for older people in Shiney Row. 

"As a considerate contractor, we're also providing local employment opportunities, supporting apprenticeships and introducing a number of staff wellbeing initiatives over the course of the five-month build programme."

The project has been supported by Homes England, with a £195,000 investment.

Andrea Taylor, Senior Manager at Homes England, said: “Despite the current challenges affecting the country, accelerating housebuilding remains our number one priority. We are committed to supporting Sunderland City Council who have ambitions to build new homes, and our investment through affordable housing grant allows us to do that. We’re delighted that this funding will enable Sunderland City Council to deliver much needed new homes in Shiney Row.”

Sunderland City Council’s return to housebuilding follows its move to once again become a Registered Housing Provider, renting its first homes in more than 20 years earlier in 2020.  In a five-year housing delivery and investment strategy, it sets out plans to bring long term empty properties back into use, deliver more bungalows for accessible living, and providing more supported accommodation for vulnerable residents. 

Tolent is currently delivering the council's first council homes in more than 40 years at Cork Street and four new fully adapted bungalows, designed for people with physical disabilities at Albert Place