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Proposed Redevelopment of St Aidan's Catholic Academy


Bowmer + Kirkland, on behalf of the Department of Education, are excited to announce plans for the proposed redevelopment of St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, comprising new school buildings, a new external games area, amenity space, and siting of the temporary accommodation for the duration of the demolition and construction period at St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, Willow Bank Road, Sunderland, SR2 7HJ.

The purpose of this consultation is to gather views of local residents and interested parties ahead of submission of the proposed planning application. Undertaking public engagement with the local community in advance of submitting a planning application is an important part of the process for the applicant and allows members of the public and the local community to engage with the vision for the site and to provide valuable feedback on the proposals which can shape the development.

Bowmer & Kirkland are associate members of the Considerate Constructors scheme, which is an organisation supporting and guiding positive change in the construction industry. We welcome all views and these will be taken into consideration by the project team before finalising the proposals for the planning application. It is anticipated that the planning application will be submitted in Summer 2024. Once the application has been submitted, there will also be an opportunity to comment as part of the application determination process.

We will also be hosting an in person event at St Aidan’s Catholic Academy on 3rd June from 3pm to 7pm to answer any queries and disscuss the proposals.

The site

The site is located within the Ashbrooke area of Sunderland and extends to 2.5 hectares.

The site is currently occupied by St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, comprising several buildings, as well as associated hardstanding and landscaping. The trees on the site are protected through the Ashbrooke Conservation Area designation and the trees on the east, south and western boundaries are covered by Tree Protection Order no.5. In relation to topography, the buildings sit below Tunstall Road to the west, the properties to the north and Ashbrooke Road to the east. It is understood that Willow Bank Road is level with the site.

Furthermore, access to the site can be achieved via Tunstall Road and Willow Bank Road for pedestrians and vehicular access. The nearest bus stop (Tunstall Road-Tunstall Park, approx. 100 metres to the east) is served by the number 13 bus to Sunderland city centre and Town End Farm hourly. The nearest Tyne and Wear metro station, Park Lane, is located 1km to the north of the Site, which provides services to Newcastle Airport and South Hylton in either direction. Further to this, the Site is also approximately 1.5km to the south of Sunderland railway station.

The Proposal

The Proposed Development seeks to demolish the existing school buildings and construct a new three storey campus at St Aidan’s Catholic Academy. The development will contain two main buildings; a new three storey main teaching block comprising classrooms, an assembly hall and a dining area, and a new, three storey combined sports and sixth form building, accompanied by large landscaping features and parking provision areas. The two buildings proposed will be linked at first and second floor levels, with a space at ground level to provide pedestrian access between the parking area to the west and the rest of the campus.

The main entrance into the main school building is located in the south of the Site, whilst the main pupil entrance into the building is situated in the centre of the Site. The visitor entrance for this building is situated in the west of the Site, whilst this also applies to the sports and sixth form centre.

Access to the Site is proposed to be retained from Tunstall Road and Willow Bank Road, with gated access to the west and south. In addition to 47 visitor and staff car parking bays proposed, there are 2 taxi drops off bays proposed in the southern car park and 3 minibus bays proposed in the western car park of the Site. Included in the 21 bays to the west of the Site, there is 1 accessible and 8 EV charging bays. Within the 26 bays to the south of the site, there is 1 accessible parking bay and 12 EV charging bays proposed. Deliveries and services are proposed to take place in the western car park, where the substation and bin store are located. For cyclists, the proposal includes 66 cycle parking bays in the south-east of the Site.

Providing your Feedback

We would welcome all comments you have on the proposals. Your comments can be submitted using the feedback form below or by email to Alternatively, you can post any comments to DPP, 015, Haylofts, St Thomas Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4LE.

As discussed above, we will also be hosting an in person event at St Aidan’s Catholic Academy on 3rd June from 3pm to 7pm to answer any queries and discuss the proposals.

We politely ask for all comments to be returned by 5pm on Friday 7th June 2024.

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