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The next stage in the £50 million redevelopment of the former Pyrex site in Sunderland, has recently been given the go-ahead by Sunderland City Council and the development of 212 new family homes will start imminently.

St. Modwen and Persimmon Homes who will redevelop the site in a joint venture, have been granted planning permission to build a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes, plus open public space and landscaping across the former 17 acre glass manufacturing site.

St. Modwen acquired the site in two phases during 2008 and 2009. 10 acres were the location of the former Pyrex glass factory site and the remaining seven acres used to accommodate Corning, another glass manufacturer. Both factories have since been demolished in preparation for the redevelopment on the site.

The joint venture was established in August 2010 and will see 2,000 homes – with an end value of £300 million – built on St. Modwen-owned sites across the UK over the next five years. Building works will now be underway on a total of three sites. The other sites where work has commenced are the £150 million regeneration of the ex-Goodyear Works in Wolverhampton and the £1 billion new community at Glan Llyn in Newport, South Wales.

Guy Gusterson, residential director at St. Modwen, said: “This is a substantial development for the Sunderland area and we are delighted to have received consent for the detailed planning permission and can now move forward to the next stage. We are looking to start building work in October.”

David Jenkinson, regional chairman for Persimmon Homes North East, commented: “We are very excited about our proposed development with St Modwen, which we believe will not only bring a range of much needed high quality yet affordable new homes to househunters in and around Sunderland, but will also provide a great deal of skilled employment to the area.”