Plans to deliver 116 purpose-built rental homes on a former primary school site in Hetton-le-Hole, Sunderland have been approved by the city council.
The scheme from award-winning build-to-rent (BtR) developer Placefirst will redevelop the former Easington Lane primary school site – that has remained vacant since the school was relocated in 2006 – with a mix of house-types including bungalows, mews homes and townhouses to appeal to households of all sizes.
Properties will range from two to four-bedroom homes with high-quality public realm, including a new children’s play area and a range of shared landscaped courtyard gardens overlooked by the properties.
Following the granting of planning permission, Placefirst aim to commence construction this Summer, working with in-house contractor, Placefirst Construction.
The Hetton-le-Hole scheme will be Placefirst’s second family build-to-rent community in the North East, following The Green in Hartlepool where 86 homes have been developed around a new urban park.
David Smith-Milne, managing director of Placefirst, said: “Our plans for Hetton-le-Hole will deliver best in class rental homes for a growing demographic that rely on renting for their housing needs. Through Placefirst’s build-to-rent approach our residents are at the forefront of everything we do – we think long-term about the places we create and do as much as we can to build homes in an attractive, professionally managed setting where our residents enjoy living.
“More families are renting than ever before and the need for a reliable, quality offer has never been greater. Our homes offer a genuine, high-quality alternative for working families priced out of the housing market, or who prefer to the flexibility of renting.”