Proposed Development

Land adjacent to George Washington Hotel

High Usworth, Washington, NE37 2TS

Learn about our plans for an exciting new development in High Usworth

We are preparing a full planning application for up to 49 three and four bedroom homes on land adjacent to the George Washington Hotel and Golf Course in High Usworth.

It’s important to us that we listen to the views of the local community as we develop our plans. Due to the increasing cases of COVID still present in the area, we have agreed with Officers at Sunderland City Council not to hold a face-to-face public consultation event.  We therefore invite you to get in touch and provide your feedback via the 'Have Your Say' button until 30th November 2021. 

The site is located on a parcel of land formerly used as a practice area for the adjacent golf course within the grounds of George Washington Hotel and Golf Club.  Our proposals include 49 new homes including 3 and 4 bedrooms, perfect for families.  Our plans include new landscaping including the retention and enhancement of hedging and mature trees wherever possible, open space within the development and new access off Stone Cellar Road. 

Some images are used for illustrative purposes only and include optional upgrades at additional cost. Development managed by Taylor Wimpey North East.

Development Map

We want to create a new community in High Usworth. The site is bound by existing mature woodland which will be retained where possible, with only a small portion removed for road access off Stone Cellar Road and to implement elements of the drainage system. Tree protection fencing will be erected to the vegetation that is to be retained, prior to works starting on site. Any loss of trees to facilitate the site will be re-planted around the development.

The site has been allocated for residential development by Sunderland City Council within the Core Strategy and Development Plan (2020) with an aim to create a defensible boundary to the greenbelt north of the site. We have already approached Sunderland Council for pre-application advice that we hope, along with the comments received from the local community, will help shape our plans for this development.

The development will provide an exclusive neighbourhood offering a mix of 49 high quality homes that blend into and complement the local area. Each home will have a dedicated car parking space and garden and additional visitor parking will be available within the development. Mature woodland will wrap around the development with areas of green open space available within the development for residents to enjoy. Access is proposed from Stone Cellar Road to provide safe and direct access for both vehicles and pedestrians.

Homes proposed

Our proposals include 3 and 4 bedroom homes.

Design inspiration has been taken from the appearance of nearby housing estates to ensure the development will be in keeping with the local area, whilst establishing its own identity. We are proposing a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced designs.

Street scenes

The appearance of the new homes will be reflective of the local area to ensure the development is in keeping with existing houses nearby.

The proposed homes will be built with traditional materials including red brick. There will be elements of render and a mix of red and grey roof tiles to help create a characterful community.

Our proposals features

Connectivity

We understand that a new development will have an impact on the existing community and we have carefully considered this as we have developed our proposals.

We are proposing one site access from Stone Cellar Road. We will create a new entrance to the development for both pedestrians and vehicle use to minimise disruption to the operation of the hotel as much as possible and remove the potential for any loss of car parking spaces to the hotel/golf course.

We will ensure any improvements works confirmed by the Local Planning Authority to the original permissive path form part of our plans.

Drainage

We have prepared a flood risk assessment and surface water drainage strategy to ensure that an appropriate drainage strategy is put in place.

To reduce the impact of the proposed development on the existing drainage network we propose the addition of a sustainable drainage system at the eastern edges of the site. This will help control the flow of surface water.

Ecology

Preserving and enhancing local wildlife is a key consideration when we plan and build new developments. We have carried out a number of ecological surveys to identify any ecological constraints on the site.

The existing trees surrounding the boundary of the site are to be incorporated into the proposed layout. A woodland management plan will be prepared to see that the area is maintained for the development’s lifespan. Where the new entrance to the development will be created, we will ensure removal of the vegetation is kept to a minimum and new trees will be planted in the landscaped area within the development. 

Our plans include significant opportunities to enhance the site for local wildlife and measures to enhance biodiversity. These include planting native berry/fruit bearing species for foraging opportunities, new bat and bird boxes and incorporating bug hotels and bee bricks to the development.

Our approach features

Consultation activity

Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic a virtual consultation is the safest way to inform the local community and gather their opinions on the proposals.  A newsletter will be sent   to the neighbouring residents which details our proposals and advises how best to provide feedback.  Feedback can also be taken via this website by clicking the ‘Have Your Say’ button.
Public feedback is invaluable to us, and helps us build communities that people are proud to live in. We’d love to hear your thoughts about our proposals and our team will be on hand during the exhibition to answer any questions you have.