A private developer has been given the go-ahead to build new student flats on Stockton Road despite from Sunderland University and city councillors.
Estate agent A1 Alpha Properties (Leicester) Ltd were given permission to build the halls of residence which will offer en-suite bedrooms for up to 100 students.
But the University of Sunderland has said that there is already a surplus of beds in their existing halls of residence.
There are also concerns that the construction of four new parking spaces would not be enough to service the flats in their city centre location.
But A1 Alpha say they do not expect their student tenants to be car owners and that the flats on offer will be of a better quality than those provided by the University.
A spokesperson for Sunderland University said: “Our objection to this development was based on what we believed was a lack of evidence in demonstrating the need for additional student housing numbers in Sunderland as required under the city council emerging policy and regulation.”
Councillor Sheila Ellis said: “There are a thousand more beds available than are needed at the moment.
“I’ve got enormous concerns over the future of this building.”
St Michael’s councillor Peter Wood said: “I do feel that we need significantly more than four parking spaces. Front and back street parking is a major cause of arguments.”
A spokesperson for A1 Alpha told the meeting: “We see significant demand in the city centre location. It would be quite easy to fill this building with students now.”
They added: “We did not feel it was a concern for our student tenants to need parking.”