A 'game-changing' transformation of Sunderland city centre could help attract £500million investment by 2030, civic leaders have said. Council bosses are confident a new-look city centre will generate major business interest in Wearside in the coming years. They hope their own spending and decision to relocate to a new City Hall site on the redeveloped Vaux land, will act as a catalyst for up to £300million private sector investment leading up to 2030.As part of their bold city centre vision, council leaders are working on a series of ambitious plans that they hope to deliver in partnership with private investors.These include:* More and better homes in the city centre, including new housing planned for the Vaux site. * An improved choice of bars, restaurants and shopping and more activity-based businesses operating in the city centre. * A new riverside pedestrian/foot bridge crossing to better connect the Stadium of Light to the city centre. * An improved railway station … [Read more...] about Revealed: The eye-catching plans for a ‘game changing’ new-look Sunderland city centre as leaders look to attract £500million investment by 2030
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Echo readers have been having their say on proposals to bring a new bar to Sunderland's nightlife scene. Plans to transform the city's former JJB Sports store, on High Street West, into a new watering hole have been approved by the council alongside a bid to restore a historic pub front in Pann Lane, which sits to the side of the building. The idea has been praised by dozens of you, with some hailing the location as an ideal stop on the way to a Sunderland home match, and a much-needed addition to the city centre's portfolio.But others have voiced concerns about "another pub" coming to town, arguing that new shops would be much more beneficial for the city's economy, especially in the run-up to Christmas.The revamp will see "eyesore" metal cladding removed from the building, alongside improvements to the original windows and brickwork at the front. The pub front at the side will also be "restored to its previous grandeur".Here's how you reacted to the plans on the Sunderland Echo … [Read more...] about 17 things you said about new pub plans for Sunderland city centre
Plans to transform a former city centre sports store into a bar - and restore an historic Sunderland pub front to its former glories - have been given the go ahead by council bosses. Earlier this year, a ‘change of use’ bid was lodged for Sunderland’s old JJB Sports store in High Street West. Roxborough Plant SSAS submitted the full application and also plan to submit a separate bid for new signage.When it opens, the pub could create 15 full-time and 15 part-time jobs.Sunderland City Council planners gave the go ahead to the plans on on Tuesday, November 13.And a heritage statement, submitted to the council, outlines plans to give the building a new lease of life. As part of the revamp, “eyesore” metal cladding will be removed alongside works to improve original windows and brickwork at the front of the building.And at the side of the building, in Pann Lane, an ornate historic pub front will be “restored to its previous … [Read more...] about Historic Sunderland pub front to be restored as former JJB Sports store to be transformed into new bar
Plans to transform a former Sunderland nightclub space into student accommodation are set to be approved. Earlier this year, a ‘change of use’ bid was lodged for the former Ku Club on High Street West which more recently served as community space ‘Venue’.Now, applicants Dashwood Group plan to give the building a modern revamp with Georgian-style dormer windows and entrance canopies to the front and rear of the building.If approved, the building will see 18 double bedrooms and one single bedroom across two floors alongside fire corridors and new windows to maximise natural light.A report states the plans will not affect the existing retail space on the ground floor, with deliveries, drop-off points and bin collections continuing as normal.Next week, Sunderland City Council’s area development control sub-committee will discuss the plans, which are recommended for approval.If given the go ahead, the plans will be subject to conditions helping … [Read more...] about Plans to turn Sunderland’s former Ku Club into student accommodation set for green light.
A Conservative councillor has criticised Sunderland Labour bosses for “laughing” at a question about construction delays on a new city centre hotel. Coun Michael Dixon asked for an update on the construction of the four-star hotel proposed for High Street West, Keel Square, which was scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2018.The Cairn Group-led project aims to provide a 120-room building creating 130 jobs with all funding and legal documentation currently in place.Sunderland City Council’s (SCC) housing and regeneration head, Coun Stuart Porthouse, speaking at the authority’s full council meeting on June 20, said the start date would be “later this year”.The meeting heard this was due to a developer review and build costs.When asked for a “more specific” start date by Coun Dixon, SCC’s deputy leader Michael Mordey was heard saying “before December 31” with the chamber erupting in laughter.Coun Dixon, of St Michaels … [Read more...] about Tory councillor criticises Sunderland Labour leaders for ‘laughing’ at question on city hotel development delays