PARSONS HOUSE: Plans approved for apartments
Plans to transform a landmark Washington office complex into apartments have been given the green light by council planners.
Sunderland City Council have given the stamp of approval to plans to redevelop Parsons House, off Parsons Road.
Council planners previously granted prior approval for a scheme for 32 flats but a new application aimed to increase this number further.
The proposals from JT Consultancy Limited included 40 apartments across five floors, with a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments.
Applicants said the existing site had parking for around 72 cars and was based in a “sustainable location.”
And according to planning documents, the majority of the apartments would also offer “open plan living.”
Developers applied to the council to see whether prior approval was required for the extra apartments.
After considering the scheme, council planners granted prior approval in late March, 2021.
A decision report from planners said the extra parking demand generated from the rooms on the ground floor could be “accommodated within the site.”
It reads: “The proposed use of the building for 40 apartments does not pose any significant detrimental risk in respect of transport and highways impacts, land contamination, flooding or noise, or the provision of adequate natural light into the habitable rooms.”
Planners added that the noise assessment provided by the applicant also gave “satisfactory assurances.”
This included conclusions that “there are no commercial noise sources that impact adversely upon the application premises and that the apartments will have an acceptable internal noise climate for residential purposes.”
For more information on the application, visit Sunderland City Council’s planning portal and search planning reference: 21/00245/PCJ
Words: Chris Binding, Local Democracy Reporter
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