Gentoo Group has been given the go-ahead to build a new development in Downhill that will kick start its new 900-home £117m investment in homes for rent.

The new development, which is situated in the shadow of historic Hylton Castle, has been granted planning permission by Sunderland City Council. The site is the precursor to Gentoo’s new Affordable Homes Plan, which will bring 900 additional homes for rent to Sunderland by 2024.

Plans for the Downhill site feature a collection of 56 contemporary new build houses including two bed bungalows and two and three bed family homes. The location is less than five miles from the city centre, with heritage sites such as Roker Beach, the National Glass Centre and the Stadium of Light are right on the doorstep.

The homes, when completed, will mark the end of the regeneration of the site off Kidderminster Road that was started by Gentoo in 2016, which involved the construction of 71 new homes.

Building work is expected to get underway in spring 2020 with the first residents moving in, in autumn of the same year. The homes will be available for registered Gentoo customers to bid for on Homehunt in due course, you can register for Homehunt at

Joanne Gordon, Development Director at Gentoo Group, said: “We are delighted that the plans for Downhill have been approved. Gentoo are dedicated to providing great affordable homes for rent in Sunderland to meet the needs of our tenants and these 56 new homes are an excellent start.

We can’t wait to see the plots start to develop and residents move in, to start their future in one of our new homes.”

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