Gentoo, one of the North East’s largest housing providers and the biggest provider of new homes in Sunderland, has been given the go-ahead to build 312 new homes across the city.

Sunderland City Council’s Planning Committee has granted Gentoo planning permission for three developments, allowing the Group to start work on sites in High Usworth in Washington, Coaley Lane in Houghton-le-Spring and Broomhill in Hetton-le-Hole.

At the new development off Wellbank Road in High Usworth, previously home to High Usworth Junior School and Donwell Primary School, Gentoo will be building 56 new homes for sale, with a combination of semi-detached and detached three and four bedroomed homes.

At its new Coaley Lane development, Gentoo will be extending its existing popular Meadow View scheme with 128 new homes being built in addition to the 136 already under construction.

At its Broomhill site off Houghton Road in Hetton, Gentoo will be building 128 new homes consisting of two, three and four bedroomed homes, with a combination of homes for sale and for rent.

Commenting on planning permission being granted, Gentoo’s Chair, Ian Self, said: “We are delighted to have been given the go-ahead to build 312 new homes across Sunderland. On top of our significant existing development programme in the city, this shows that we are committed to delivering high quality new homes in sought after locations, across a variety of tenures, for the people of Sunderland.”

Gentoo has delivered more than 1900 new homes for Sunderland since it was founded in 2001 and is currently building 570 new homes across five live sites, with its existing investment exceeding £80m. These developments include:

  • 155 homes at Thurcroft in Doxford Park
  • 88 homes at Castle Rise in Downhill
  • 132 homes at Hillcrag in High Ford
  • 59 homes in Glebe, Washington
  • 136 homes at Meadow View in Houghton-le-Spring

Gentoo’s Castle Rise development in Downhill is now sold out, becoming one of Gentoo’s fastest selling housing developments since it was formed in 2001.