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High Southwick/Fulwell

The site is adjacent to Fulwell Allotments and will be accessed from Newcastle Road. The site currently comprises of a former playing field and pigeon lofts. The playing field is no longer used and there are several vacant pigeon cress/ allotment plots that have suffered from anti-social behaviour and fly tipping. 

The site is also the location of the Sunderland Acoustic Mirror, a scheduled ancient monument constructed during WW1 to detect enemy aircraft, which will be incorporated into scheme.

A feasibility study has identified that up to 40 individual SCB development plots could be created on the site which would include improved public space, pedestrian and equestrian links between Fulwell and Southwick and enhanced access for visitors to the Acoustic Mirror, with highway improvements being made to the lane adjacent to the Pulman Volkswagen Garage.

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High Southwick / Fulwell FAQS

What will happen to the Pigeon Crees?

If the SCB development is to proceed the pigeon crees will be relocated where possible to an alternative site in Southwick.

Should the football pitch not be retained for sport?

The pitch has not been formally used for over 10 years. The site suffers from uneven topography. There are no ancillary facilities on site and as such has been deemed surplus to requirements. Notwithstanding this, studies undertaken by the council identify that if the former Rolls Royce pitch is to be used for an alternative use it will be necessary to provide investment in some of the existing local pitches.  

Mitigation will be considered as part of the planning process.

Is the lane wide enough for access?

No, currently the lane is too narrow, it will need to be widened with footpaths provided. It is possible to accommodate the necessary widening within the constraints of the area.  The improved access will also be advantageous for visitors to the Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Any highway design will have to be approved by the Local Planning and Highway Authority.

Why this site?

The council has a limited supply of land, especially land that could be suitable for SCB. The football pitch is surplus to requirements and several of the plots on the pigeon cree site have suffered from anti-social behaviour and fly tipping. 

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 Fatfield will significantly assist in meeting SCB needs.

Is SCB an affordable option 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 an 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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