Award-winning build-to-rent developer, Placefirst, has submitted a planning application that aims to deliver 116 purpose-built homes on a former primary school site in Hetton-le-Hole, Sunderland.

Under plans submitted to Sunderland City Council last week, Placefirst are proposing to redevelop the former Easington Lane primary school site that has remained vacant since the school was relocated in 2006. Plans for the new homes include a mix of house-types including bungalows, mews homes and townhouses that will appeal to households of all sizes.

Properties will range from two to four-bedroom homes, and will be complimented by high-quality public realm, including a new children’s play area and a range of shared landscaped courtyard gardens overlooked by the new homes.

IMAGE ABOVE: A computer generated image of the proposed homes NB. images subject to design development.


Proposals for the new homes were shared with the local community and ward members at a public consultation event at the Easington Lane Community Access Point on 19th October 2018.

Subject to planning approval and enabling works, Placefirst aim to commence construction in early 2019, working with in-house contractor, Placefirst Construction. The site in Hetton-le-Hole will be Placefirst’s second family build-to-rent community in the North East, following on from The Green in Hartlepool that is delivering 94 homes around a new urban park.

David Smith-Milne, Managing Director of Placefirst commented: “The proposals for Hetton-le-Hole represent our first new-build rental community in the North-East, following on from the success of The Green in Hartlepool, which has transformed over 200 empty homes into a range of family homes centred around a new park managed by our team.

“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.”

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