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Sunderland continues to be on the rise, with plans to invest over £1.3bn in the city over the next decade.

A document titled the “3, 6, 9 Vision” laid out plans for improving Sunderland in the areas of economy, housing, transport, culture and education. It is estimated to bring 20,000 jobs to the area, with over 40 projects having been identified as contributing to the aims of the plan.

Sunderland is in the finals for UK City of Culture 2021, and this forms the basis of the city’s cultural improvements plans. The development of an arts and entertainment complex will form the centre of a new cultural quarter for the city.

Housing is a key issue, with more than 13,000 new homes required by 2032. Several sites have been earmarked for development, and conserving green belt land is a priority.

Some projects, like the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor, the New Wear Crossing and the Vaux site development, are already well underway. The plans for the city are further developed in the City Council’s Core Strategy and Development Plan that takes us right through to 2033.

The “3,6, 9” plans are spearheaded by Sunderland’s Economic Leadership Board, with representatives from Sunderland University, City Council, Siglion, Gentoo, City Hospitals, the Sunderland Music Arts and Culture Trust and the Sunderland Business Improvement District, as well as key businesses based in the city.

Iain Fairlamb, head of Planning and Regeneration at Sunderland City Council, will be one of our speakers at the lunch. He’s keenly involved in developing housing for the city, and in ensuring that everyone involved in housing – from residents to developers to landlords – is well informed about the direction of growth in the city.

Joining Iain is Richard Baker, who is Head of Strategy and Policy for North East LEP. As part of his role, he is responsible for the Development of the North East Strategic Economic Plan. He also works with partners in the North East to strengthen coordination with the Northern Powerhouse.

Our sponsors for the event are Gerflor, the Flooring Group, a world leading company in vinyl flooring solutions for consumers and professionals.

The Sunderland Property & Development lunch will be taking place on Friday 15 September, 12:00-14:30, at the Marriott Hotel in Sunderland. Tickers cost £37.50+VAT for members and £60+VAT for non-members, and are available here.

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