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Chloe Shakesby

Sunderland council invests nearly £2m in business park energy

A North East council has announced that it is investing £1.9m in energy for a business park in Washington.

Sunderland City Council is investing nearly £2m in Hillthorn Business Park as it places a 5 megawatt order to the Northern Power Grid.

The new power network is for nine development plots at the site over two phases.

This comes as part of the council’s partnership with investor Legal & General, which has earmarked £60m for the Hillthorn park.

Leader of Sunderland City Council, councillor Graeme Miller, said: “Investing in the utilities and the infrastructure is going to secure and unlock the development of this first phase of development at Hillthorn.

“As the landowner, we have this duty and responsibility for upgrading the site, and so placing this order for extra power means we can progress the site’s development.”

“We’re continuing to work closely with our partners in both the private and public sectors on bringing and securing new investments for our city.

“Hillthorn is part of this bigger picture that brings jobs, new business and helps secure new income streams for the city.”

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