Karbon Homes has been given the go-ahead to build more than 100 affordable homes on the site of a former college campus in Sunderland
Sunderland City Council approved the plans to build 105 affordable homes at North Hylton – the former site of Sunderland College’s old campus.
The development will deliver 105 new homes of different styles and tenures.
Karbon Homes has worked alongside architects IDPartnership on the masterplan for the extensive site.
The £20m new North Hylton housing scheme will deliver a mix of affordable rented homes and rent-to-buy properties, with family homes and bungalows for older residents alongside one another.
Sunderland’s wider regeneration
The team at Karbon has also been working closely with Sunderland City Council – which is pushing forward an ambitious plan to regenerate the city with new homes, business spaces and leisure venues being delivered across Sunderland.
Karbon is set to start work on the development early in 2020. The plans are part of a £44m investment by Karbon to build nearly 300 homes in Sunderland and fit into a wider council-led vision that will see thousands of new homes built in the city over the next 10 years.
Recent announcements by Avant Homes and Miller Homes have demonstrated the market’s confidence in the city and, earlier this year, Story Homes announced its intention to invest more than £90m into 450 properties in Sunderland.
Affordable homes at the heart of Sunderland
Ged Walsh, director of development and asset management at Karbon Homes, said: “This project represents a significant commitment from us to developing affordable, high quality homes in the city of Sunderland.
“Adding together this project in North Hylton, alongside a further seven sites we have in the city of Sunderland, Karbon Homes and its partners are looking to build nearly 300 homes in Sunderland, and we look forward to bringing all these projects to fruition.”
Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said the affordable homes represented an opportunity to create a new community that was ideally located to take advantage of emerging job opportunities across the city.
“More and better homes are at the heart of our plans for Sunderland.”
“Vibrant new communities will absolutely transform our offer as a place to live, and we know that by creating attractive new family homes, we can grow the city, and attract more families – of all shapes and sizes – to choose to live here, and ultimately, work, rest and play in Sunderland.
“By developing homes in places that are close to emerging business hubs like Riverside Sunderland, and the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), we know we can really bolster the city – bringing in new people who want to live close to work, and who will bring their spending power to Sunderland’s regenerating city centre.”
The council worked in partnership with Sunderland College to attract investment in the site.
Homes England investment
Karbon has worked alongside Homes England to bring the £20m North Hylton site to fruition. It has also received support from Portland Consulting Engineers and surveyors Elliott Associates.
Karen Anderson, from Homes England, added: “It is great to be supporting Karbon Homes to deliver these homes that will create an intergenerational community – with housing options for people at different life stages – in an accessible location and close to future employment opportunities.
“Homes England wants to work with ambitious partners working on placemaking and this is a great example, transforming a derelict college site into high-quality homes in a well-designed environment.”