The Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor is a dual carriageway that will link the A19 with the Port of Sunderland and Sunderland city centre. At the heart of the development is the New Wear Crossing, a multi-use bridge, due to be built across the River Wear.
The transport link will aim to reduce congestion, and it is believed that it will increase the development opportunities in key riverside sites including Deptford and Farringdon Row.
We have been involved with the £150m scheme since its inception in 2006. Acting for the city, we initially provided assistance in route selection and prepared site acquisition budgets. Subsequently, Richard Farr from our Compulsory Purchase team represented Sunderland City Council as expert witness at the public enquiry.
We managed the acquisition programme, settling compensation in advance of the formal compulsory purchase order. Subsequent claims have been received, including the statutory extinguishment of a medical practice and a scrap yard and the relocation of a CCTV monitoring facility. A number of specialist category landowners have similarly been affected by the development and we have entered negotiations with Network Rail, Nexus and The Crown.
The project is ongoing and on completion, it is anticipated that we will receive a number of Part 1 claims. A Part 1 claim will be submitted by individuals whose properties have decreased in value due to the new transport link.
We are currently preparing to make compulsory purchase orders on properties on the South Bank of the River, after being reappointed by Sunderland City Council for phase 3 of the development.