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Work to begin on commercial redevelopment scheme in Sunderland

Work will begin soon on a a £2.1m commercial property development, set to bring much-needed jobs to Southwick, Sunderland.

Newcastle-based developer Modo Bloc has secured planning permission from Sunderland City Council to redevelop a brownfield site adjacent to Kings Road and Sunderland Road.

Modo Bloc plans to build two units – a 4,000 sq ft unit for Tesco and a 1,200 sq ft unit for Cooplands. The development is expected to create up to 20-30 jobs once fully completed and let.

George Jenkins, MD of Modo Bloc, explained: “I am delighted the city council saw the merit in our proposals to breathe life and energy back into this location, helping bring more jobs to this part of Southwick.

“This is a small but exciting commercial development that has attracted two high quality retail tenants. It’s a perfect roadside location where demand will be high.

Modo Bloc director Ollie Stapleton added: “We hope to be on site in the coming months, helping to regenerate this part of Southwick.”

Modo Bloc is already looking at other commercial development sites around the region and is currently seeking planning permission from South Tyneside Council for a £3m development project off Claypath Lane and the A194, in South Shields. Modo Bloc hopes to build three units as well as a Starbucks Drive Thru store.

Last year Modo Bloc secured planning permission from Stockton Borough Council to build 22 light industrial units on a brownfield site on Cowpen Lane Industrial Estate, Billingham. Construction of the 30,000 sq ft of new industrial space is due to start in the coming months. This project was the first of several planned projects in the commercial property development arena.

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