Sunderland transformation consultation process kicks off

Siglion at Vaux Site

Consultations have begun at the first of three sites that are to be transformed as part of the £100 million-plus regeneration of Sunderland. 

Stakeholders and members of the public will have the opportunity to give their feedback on the proposals for the former Vaux Brewery site in consultation events taking place between July and September. 

Siglion, the joint venture company between Sunderland City Council and Carillion, managed by Igloo Regeneration, has started the consultation process on the five and a half hectare site in the city centre. 

A masterplan for the site, including office, hotel, leisure and residential uses together with infrastructure and car parking is being prepared for the former brewery property, close to Siglion's headquarters in the Echo 24 building. 

The Vaux Brewery site consultations will share details of the proposals contained in the masterplan in order that the views of the residential, business and third sector communities with an interest in the development of the site can be sought before the formal planning application towards the end of the year. 

John Seager, Chief Executive of Siglion, said: "There will be workshops for invited stakeholders to give their feedback on the plans, and a drop-in exhibition for members of the public in August. There will be a questionnaire which will be fed back to the design team. 

We're also publishing information about the consultations at shapingsunderland.com, where there will be a blog for people's feedback, surveys about the proposals and images."

Similar consultation processes will be carried out on Siglion's proposed mixed use development at Seaburn and residential development at Chapel Garth, with the public drop-in exhibitions scheduled to take place in September, October and November. Once the consultations are completed, URBED, which is organising the consultations, will pull all the information together in a Statement of Community Involvement, which will be submitted alongside the planning applications. 

Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "This will be the biggest regeneration Sunderland has ever seen, and it's vital that people get involved in the way their city is being shaped for the future.
 
"Now that we have a timetable in place for the consultations, it means that things are starting to move. But it's important to remember that changes on this scale won't happen overnight and the details that will be shared at the public consultations will give people a realistic guide of what to expect."

Neil McMillan, chair of Siglion and development director at Carillion said: "Consulting with the people who live and work in Sunderland about transforming key city sites is central to Siglion's approach. People's opinions and comments will all be included in the feedback, which will guide our decisions for each development going forward. It's important that as many people as possible take the chance to have their say on shaping the future of Sunderland.

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