Planning request submitted for major facelift of historic downtown Sunderland building
Earlier this year, a planning application was validated by Sunderland City Council for 177 High Street West and 1-2 Villiers Street.
According to planning documents, the properties appeared on SO maps from the 1850s and although they are not listed, they constitute an important part of the historical character of the area.
Working in partnership, the Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust (TWBPT) and Sunderland City Council secured funding to help revive properties and attract more investment to the area.
A planning request from TWBPT included renovating the building and installing new store facades, replacing the roof, re-plastering and new windows, and creating a balcony with steel balustrades.
This aimed to transform the building into two stand-alone retail units, a community / learning center and offices on the ground floor and a meeting / multi-purpose room and two stand-alone apartments on the upper floors.
The buildings are in the Old Sunderland Riverside Conservation Area and the Historic Mainstreets of Sunderland Heritage Action Zone.
After being held by Sunderland City Council for years, the leasehold interest in the buildings at 177 High Street West was transferred to TWBPT at a cabinet meeting in June 2021.
Last week, a building permit was also officially granted, securing the future of the site and paving the way for new uses.
A council decision report reads: âThe properties are in a partially vacant state and have been deteriorating for many years and appear somewhat unsightly alongside the surrounding listed / historic buildings which have all been restored and put back into service in the past. over the past 20 years through various heritage-directed regeneration programs.
âThese two buildings are the last of the group to be treated and the last vacant historic buildings in the Old Sunderland Riverside Conservation Area to be conserved through a heritage-focused regeneration activity.â
The report goes on to say: âOverall, the proposals will have a positive impact on the significance and ensure the long-term conservation and sustainability of a significant group of historic buildings, thereby enhancing the character and appearance of the Old Sunderland Riverside. Conservation area. “
For more information on the program, visit the Sunderland City Council Planning Portal and search for reference: 20/02428 / FU4