DPP, on behalf of Sunderland City Council, has secured unanimous approval for a new high-level pedestrian footbridge at Riverside Sunderland.
The new £31m bridge will provide a key element of the Riverside Sunderland Masterplan, connecting the former Vaux Brewery site to the Sheepfolds area.
The bridge will feature creative lighting and augmented reality, allowing people to use their smartphone to see virtual displays that council bosses say will create ‘an experience that will really bring to life the city’s digital ambitions’. It will provide access to both pedestrians and cyclists creating improved connections to the Stadium of Light, the University of Sunderland campuses, the city centre and residential communities to the north of the river. The plans for the footbridge show a simple, elegant design that will frame the Wearmouth Bridge and complement the changing cityscape on Riverside Sunderland.
DPP prepared and submitted the application in December and liaised closely with the LPA and project team throughout the determination period to secure a positive recommendation from the LPA within the 13-week determination period
Speaking about the consent, Senior Planner, Nicola Crowley said:
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We are delighted to secure permission for this exciting project. It will transform the area and adds to the Riverside Sunderland proposals we secured planning approval for last year.
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