Sunderland City Council has been shortlisted for a prestigious national planning award.
Sunderland City Council is competing against Croydon Council and the London Borough of Southwark for the MIPIM Planning Authority of the Year Award after their redevelopment plans on Roker and Seaburn beaches.
Coun Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “I am very proud that the Council has been shortlisted for the award. The seafront is one of the city’s greatest assets and I am very pleased that our investment in recent years has changed the area for the better.
“I feel it important to say that the council could not have achieved this alone – the support and passion of the people of Sunderland and the business community at the seafront has been a big part of the success to date.
“We are already seeing more visitors coming to the seafront and the local business community is telling us that they are seeing people retuning to the area who haven’t visited for several years.
“Even if we don’t win, just to be shortlisted is a reflection of the success that we have achieved so far at Roker and Seaburn.”
The regeneration project for the Seafront started in 2009 with the aim of making people proud of their area. Since then Sunderland has won a national award from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) for Excellence in Planning and Design for the Public Real, which was also for the regeneration work on Roker and Seaburn Promenade.
The beaches now consist of bespoke furniture, feature lighting and the moveable Roker Pods which are available to hire out.
MIPIM UK said: “With at least £4m external funding secured by Sunderland City Council’s multidisciplinary project team to deliver essential infrastructure improvements, the project incorporates a range of creative design solutions, which both address longstanding site issues and emphasise the area’s sense of place.”
The winner of the award will be announced on October 16 at the MIPIM conference in London Olympia.#####