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Creative community to take shape in Sunderland with creation of over 80 new homes

Plans for a new creative community in a North East city have been unveiled.

More than 80 new homes aimed at creative professionals are set to be created in the Sunniside area of Sunderland.

Nile and Villiers Street in the east end of the city centre will be transformed into a new creative residential community, in plans being discussed by Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet.

Proposals will see the streets turned into homes with adjoining workspaces which aim to appeal to artists and creatives looking for studio-properties where they can live and work.

Cllr Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, commented: “Sunniside has seen significant investment in the past which has created a beautiful area, but one that does not have the critical mass of people and businesses to make it the vibrant community it is capable of becoming.

“Attracting investment, in the shape of new homes and workspaces that will support our creative community, will help not only stimulate the wider regeneration of Sunniside and Old Sunderland, but also complement work at Riverside Sunderland, where there will be 1,000 new homes.

“We’re excited to see the teams at Town and Create Streets, working with our team at the council and partners like Back on the Map, move forward with proposals which will greatly enhance this changing part of the city.”

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