Homes will be the first of a 900-unit scheme if approved

Gentoo Group has lodged plans for 268 affordable and shared ownership homes in Sunderland.

The £45m development will be the first phase of the Sunderland-based housing association’s plans to build 900-homes in the city by 2024.

If approved by Sunderland council, the homes will be built over the next two years, with potential sites for the remaining 632 homes currently being assessed.

Gentoo Sunderland homes

They will be built alongside the council’s ongoing £500m regeneration programme for the city with a new culture quarter, a dual carriageway and the mixed-use Riverside Sunderland development in the city centre currently under construction.

Gentoo, which manages nearly 30,000 homes across the North-east, is currently on site at the 56-home Keelman Rise scheme being built by Newcastle contractor Engie.

A 44-home scheme at Avenue Vivian being built by Gateshead-based contractor Tolent Living is also underway.

Planning consultant Pegasus is on the project team for all of Gentoo’s sites.