A £20m bid to help boost road and infrastructure links for thousands of new homes is being examined by Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet.

The submission to the Government’s £2.3bn Housing Infrastructure Fund is for supporting the South Sunderland Growth Area. This area includes a number of development sites for 3,200 much needed new homes.

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 (950 new homes) and several smaller neighbouring sites are also earmarked for development.

Councillor Stuart Porthouse, the City Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, said: “The council has already been successful in its first round of the bidding process. Now, we are looking to refine the bid for its next stage to help create this new community.”

A successful £20m second stage bid will help forward fund necessary infrastructure to support development including extensions to nearby primary schools and extra capacity at nearby secondary schools.

Funding is also being sought to forward fund completion of the Ryhope Doxford Link Road and to add to funding already secured for improvements to the A19/A690 junction.

The council will also be continuing to work closely with Durham County Council on improvements at the neighbouring A1018/A19 junction to assist with improving traffic movements in this location. This will help with delivering new homes in Sunderland and Durham.

Cllr Porthouse added: “The 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.”

The Housing Infrastructure Fund is a Government capital grant programme to help deliver up to 100,000 new homes in England.

It seeks to deliver new physical infrastructure to support new and existing communities; to make more land available for housing in high demand areas; to 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.

Sunderland submitted its first stage bid in September 2017 and is now one of 44 other bidders in the Stage 2 process.

Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet meets from 2pm on Wednesday, January 16.

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