RIVERSIDE SUNDERLAND HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE

Welcome to the online public consultation for the proposed development of the High-Level Bridge, Riverside Sunderland.

The aim of this consultation is to provide you with information on the proposals for the Wearmouth High-Level Bridge and to provide the opportunity for you to submit any comments you may have ahead of submission of the planning application.

RIVERSIDE SUNDERLAND MASTERPLAN

Situated on the banks of the River Wear, Riverside Sunderland is a hugely ambitious regeneration project led by Sunderland City Council. The masterplan sets out the strategy for revitalising and reinventing Sunderland City Centre by creating an exciting and beautiful new urban quarter, regenerating and repurposing a large tract of degraded former industrial land.

Riverside Sunderland will be a special place that exploits the potential of its extraordinary location to the full.  It will be a new community, a thriving business district and a focal point for civic, commercial and community life – framed in a beautiful landscape setting.

THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT

The Riverside site is divided by the river, and by the 30m separation between the plateau and the river level. The existing Wearmouth Bridge is the only available crossing point in the city centre, but it is peripheral to most of Riverside Sunderland.

The community engagement events carried out to date have shown that a new, high-level bridge for pedestrians and cyclists is the top priority, essential to connect Riverside Sunderland north and south and to enable a cohesive community to form.

The proposed High-Level Bridge will span the River Wear, between the former Vaux Site and Sheepfold areas. On the south bank, the bridge will align with the Keel Line artwork, running parallel to The Beam and on the north bank will be situated on Easington Street, adjacent to the former North Eastern Railways Stables building.

The High-Level Bridge will span approximately 250 metres at a height of around 30 metres. It will be supported by two piers built on the north and south banks of the river to avoid any physical affects to the bed of the river.

Further details on the proposals are provided in the consultation document below.

BENEFITS OF THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT

  • The bridge will create an important centrepiece to the Riverside Sunderland Masterplan, helping to create a vibrant place to live, work and play.
  • The provision of a high quality, traffic-free route for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users which will significantly improve connectivity within the city by connecting the north and south banks of the river.
  • The bridge will provide a strategic link, creating a new and preferred route for residents, workers, shoppers, users of the Stadium and the University.
  • The creation of better access between the University Campuses which will assist in the delivery of the University’s One Campus approach.
  • The bridge will encourage walking and cycling within the city, helping to reduce Sunderland’s carbon footprint, supporting sustainable modes of travel and active lifestyles.
  • The bridge has been carefully designed to maintain navigational clearance of the river to allow access up-river for large vessels.
  • The bridge will create unrivalled new views along the River Wear towards the historic bridges and buildings in the surrounding area to celebrate the industrial and shipbuilding heritage of the city.
  • The creation of a new visitor attraction with the opportunity for embedding 5G technology which will allow children and adults to be educated about Sunderland’s past though digital augmented reality.
  • The bridge will result in a capital injection and the creation of new jobs during the construction period which will benefit the local economy.

PROVIDING FEEDBACK

We would welcome any feedback you may have on the proposed development ahead of submission of the planning application. Please feel free to review the consultation documents using the links below.

Once you have reviewed the proposals, please provide any feedback you may have using the Feedback Form at the bottom of the page (please note that all responses will be made anonymous following submission).

Alternatively, please post your comments to:

DPP, Milburn House, Dean Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1LF

Please submit any comments by Tuesday 8th December.

CONSULTATION BOARDS

You can download a full set of consulation boards HERE.

Individual boards can be viewed and downloaded below.

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

SITE LOCATION AND WIDER CONTEXT

THE DEMAND FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT

THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT

PROPOSED STRUCTURE

HOW WILL THE BRIDGE BE BUILT?

CONSTRUCTION IMPACTS

THE PUBLIC BENEFITS OF THE BRIDGE

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

FEEDBACK FORM

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