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Land of Bonemill Lane, Fatfield, Washington

The site is located off Bonemill Lane in Washington and is currently designated as open space.

This site was incorporated within James Steel Park as part of the development of Washington New Town and construction of the of Chartershaugh Bridge by Washington Development Corporation (WDC) in the 1970's. To facilitate its development and regeneration programme, WDC acquired and demolished residential dwellings that previously occupied the site, with the property being fully cleared by 1980. The site is allocated for residential development in the CSDP. 

 A feasibility study has identified that up to 30 individual SCB development plots could be created on the site whilst retaining the majority of the existing trees on the site.

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Is the site is in a flood zone?

The site does not fall within a flood zone, as identified in the SCC Strategic Flood Risk Assessment.

Is the land suitable for development?

It will be necessary to undertake several of the assessments and intrusive surveys, including the need to do ground investigations to ensure risks such as subsidence would not become an issue. The results of the assessments and intrusive studies will determine what measures will be required to ensure the development meets government standards and building regulations and determine whether the proposals are financially viable.

Why this site? It's open space

The council has a limited supply of land, especially land that could be suitable for SCB. The site is identified for residential development in the councils Local Plan. Development proposals will seek to retain the majority of the existing trees on the site. The policy relating to this site, requires that development proposals incorporate greenspace on site and support greenspace improvements in the local area to compensate for area greenspace loss.

Will the Washington Highway not cause a noise issue making the site unsuitable for development?

It will be necessary to undertake a number of the assessments and intrusive studies, including noise assessments. If noise is deemed to be an issue, appropriate mitigation will have to be incorporated into the site layout and the design of the properties. The on-site trees will provide a natural noise buffer and attenuation.

Why are the council supporting SCB and not other housing options/ types?

The council are aware that there is a need for all housing types in the city and they have a strategy for delivering affordable homes, general market homes and specialist housing but there has not been a strategy for the delivery of SCB housing. Bringing forward this site and the site in Fulwell will significantly assist in meeting SCB needs.

SCB isn't affordable for the majority of people.

The council recognises that there is probably only a small number of people who could build their own home, given the difficulties and barriers to 'self building' such as available mortgages and high cost of plots due to lack of available sites.  The SCB proposals will try to make it a more achievable option for Sunderland residents through providing enough serviced land to meet demand and securing a planning permission which can be a expensive upfront cost.

Within the next 10 years over 7,500 new homes are expected to be built in Sunderland.  The two proposed sites would represent less than 1% of these homes.

What are the benefits of self-build and custom housebuilding?

Self-build or custom build helps to diversify the housing market and increase consumer choice. Self-build and custom housebuilders choose the design and layout of their home and can be innovative in both its design and construction.

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