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Councillors back £9 million Wearside housing development plans

Plans have been approved for a £9 million, 45-home estate in a former Wearside mining village.

Sunderland City Council has backed Adderstone Living’s blueprint to deliver a development in Chilton Moor, Houghton-le-Spring.

Described as an affordable housing scheme, bosses say it will feature two and three-bedroomed bungalows and two storey semi-detached properties.

Work on the project, which will also include a village green, is due to start in the autumn, with the first properties expected to be available in late 2022.

The scheme is being delivered alongside Karbon Homes, and bosses say it will support up to 100 construction and associated supply chain jobs.

Stephen McCoy, director at Adderstone Living – the social housing division of Newcastle-based Adderstone Group – said: “This consent allows us to introduce a new community to this beautiful former mining village in the form of a sustainable, high-quality development.

“We are grateful for the support and vote of confidence from Sunderland City Council.”

Lea Smith, Karbon Homes’ development manager, added: “This meets the needs of the local community, with a mix of property types and sizes to provide options for residents at varying stages of life.

“The inclusion of bungalows was an important element to help combat the shortage of homes for older residents.

“A number of units will be available for Rent to Buy, allowing residents to pay 80 per cent of market rent while they save towards a deposit to buy the house.”