Businesses and local residents have been viewing plans to put Seaburn back on the seaside tourist map, creating new jobs, leisure facilities and homes.
A consultation event at the Seaburn Leisure Centre on 11 and 12 March was attended by over 1,000 people who had the opportunity to give their feedback on the plans.
The consultation was organised by Siglion, the regeneration and development company managing the £100m-plus project to regenerate five areas across the city.
Siglion’s vision for Seaburn aims to make the most of its seafront location and attract more visitors with an ambitious programme to create new cafes, restaurants, shops, a hotel and indoor and outdoor leisure areas, as well as space for events such as food and street markets, arts and craft fairs.
Siglion development director, Katie Sully, said: “Seaburn has a fantastic heritage as a seaside resort, with a superb three kilometres stretch of sand along to Roker. It still has its promenade, amusement arcades, restaurants, and a hotel.
“Our plans will breathe new life into Seaburn, creating a 21st century seaside resort where people will choose to live, work and visit once again. We want to develop year-round facilities to attract visitors, create jobs and provide attractive housing suitable for families, couples and retired people.”
The place-making masterplan for Seaburn includes a new 20 metre wide central boulevard at right angles to the seafront, with a pedestrianised area for shops, cafes and restaurants, and a covered space for markets and entertainment.
A new promenade will create car parking for visitors and further space for cafes, restaurants, leisure operators and traditional seaside shops such as ice cream parlours and retailers selling buckets and spades.
The plans include space for a large two-storey leisure facility, plus walking routes and play areas at Cut Throat Dene. Siglion is also aiming to attract a new hotel operator and niche specialist shops to the area.
Mark Hird, owner of Roker Hotel, added: “I’ve had a good look at the plans and schemes. I’m very excited about them and would like to be part of that development. It’s what the area needs to move forward. We’ve sat with Seaburn being in a limbo state for a period of time. I’m 100% behind the regeneration of it moving forward.”
Siglion chairman, Neil McMillan, said: “We’ve had a great reaction from local people to our ideas for Seaburn and we will be going through their feedback to incorporate their ideas where we can into our final plan for the area.
“This is a fantastic location, with huge potential to attract people from across Sunderland, the North East and nationally.”
The plans, video and questionnaire can all be found at the ShapingSunderland website at http:shapingsunderland.com20160314seaburn-exhibition-keep-giving-us-your-feedback