Learn about our plans for an exciting new community in Usworth
We are preparing a full planning application for an exciting new community in Usworth, Washington for 190 new homes including 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes offering a range of sizes to appeal to first time buyers and families. 15% of these will be affordable homes including discounted market value homes for local people and homes to rent through social housing.
The development proposal has been sympathetically designed to ensure that we compliment the character of the surrounding area and homes.
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-19 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 9th December 2021
We want to create a thriving new community in Usworth.
The site located to the Northern edge of the Village of Usworth was formerly occupied by Usworth Comprehensive School and is located within the village of Usworth, a district of Washington in Tyne & Wear, within the City of Sunderland.
The Council has undertaken a consultation exercise for the Draft Allocations and Designations Plan (December 2020) and has allocated the site for housing for an indicative 200 dwellings.
Our proposed layout design has progressed over time from the initial council development brief through to a layout which was submitted for pre-application comments in April 2021. The design changed through this time as more information on constraints became available and to address comments raised through consultations.
This layout proposes a mix of 190 new homes, 15% of which will be affordable homes. The design includes a main spine street, housing facing out over existing streets, footpaths, several well landscaped open space areas and ecology and biodiversity enhancements.
We are committed to creating well designed communities in which our new residents enjoy living. The appearance of the new homes will be reflective of the local area with new character areas designed to complement the surrounding area.
Our proposal features
All properties fall within 400m of a range of bus stops and less than 1 km from the proposed site is Concord bus station, from which regular services run to and from Sunderland, Newcastle, Heworth, Doxford Park and Houghton-le-Spring, providing great accessibility to nearby cities for employment and leisure.
The nearest train station is Heworth, 5 miles from Usworth, which connects Newcastle and Middlesbrough. Heworth also lies on the Metro line, connecting Gateshead with Newcastle and the coast.
The site is bounded on a number of boundaries with tree and hedge planting and there are a number of mature trees within the site. We have taken care to design the site in order to retain those features with just a small number of immature trees requiring removal in order to facilitate the development. Our proposals will include the creation of usable open space, well landscaped open space areas and ecology enhancements including the creation of new habitats, bat, bird and bee bricks/boxes and enhanced pollinators.
Our approach features
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic a virtual consultation is the safest way to inform the local community and gather their opinions on the proposals. A newsletter is to be sent out 24th November to the neighbouring residents with details our proposals and advising how best to provide feedback. Feedback can also be taken via this website by selecting ‘Have your say’.
Your 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.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 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 by 10th December 2021
We believe it’s our responsibility to support our communities, so that people are proud to call them home. That’s why we regularly donate time and money to local causes and are passionate about investing in the areas we build.