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Emily Taylor, communications manager, Sunderland arc

Tel. 0191 5689880

Email. emily@sunderlandarc.co.uk

Vaux News

NIALL QUINN PLEDGES SUPPORT TO ARC’S SCHEME FOR VAUX
26/09/2008
Sunderland AFC chairman Niall Quinn welcomed a packed room of developers to the launch of the city’s biggest development opportunity – Vaux - pledging “we’ll invest if you inve

VAUX OPPORTUNITY TO BE LAUNCHED AT SPECIAL EVENT
04/09/2008
The official launch of the North East’s premier city centre development opportunity - Vaux – is taking place in Sunderland in September. The launch event, being held at The Stadium of Lig

DEVELOPER SOUGHT FOR MAJOR REGENERATION SCHEME
07/08/2008
A developer is being sought for the redevelopment of the former Vaux Brewery site in Sunderland. The scheme, led by urban regeneration company Sunderland arc, will be one of the North East's larges

ARC STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO TESCO’S INTEREST IN SUNDERLAND RETAIL PARK
20/02/2008
David Walker, Chief Executive, Sunderland arc "The arc and our partners have always said that we would welcome Tesco’s investment in bringing a quality supermarket into the city of Sunderl

ARC’S PLANS FOR FARRINGDON ROW GET THE GREEN LIGHT
06/02/2008
Exciting plans to rejuvenate one of the major gateways into the city centre, which could create more than 450 jobs, have been given the go ahead by planners. A 124-bed hotel, 6,500m2 of offices, 124

ARC TAKES NEXT STEP TOWARDS SECURING THE VAUX SITE
03/12/2007
Sunderland arc and its partners have entered into formal negotiations with Tesco to buy the former Vaux brewery site.  It comes after news that Tesco has launched a legal challenge to the Counci

WORK STARTS ON VALUING THE VAUX SITE
12/09/2007
National property consultants, GVA Lamb and Edge, have been appointed by One NorthEast to undertake the valuation of the former Vaux brewery site in Sunderland in anticipation of making a formal offer

INSPECTOR'S REPORT SIGNALS STEP FORWARD FOR VAUX SITE
06/08/2007
Sunderland City Council Press Release The redevelopment of the Vaux site has come a step nearer with the publication of the planning inspector's report determining its future. The inspector endorses

ARC STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO TESCO'S LEGAL CHALLENGE ON SECRETARY OF STATE DECISION
08/05/2007
David Walker, Operations Director, Sunderland arc “The announcement that Tesco is to challenge the Secretary of State’s decision to approve Sunderland arc’s plans for the Vaux site

RUTH KELLY BACKS ARC’S VAUX PLANS
07/03/2007
Sunderland arc’s vision for the former Vaux brewery site has taken a massive step forward after Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly approved its ambitious plans.  The decision comes after a t

This is Sunderland

NIALL QUINN PLEDGES SUPPORT TO ARC’S SCHEME FOR VAUX

26/09/2008

Sunderland AFC chairman Niall Quinn welcomed a packed room of developers to the launch of the city’s biggest development opportunity – Vaux - pledging “we’ll invest if you invest”.

More than 80 potential investors visited the Stadium of Light to hear some of the city’s leading figures explain why they should take a crucial stake in Sunderland and transform the former brewery site.

Sunderland arc and its partners Sunderland City Council, One NorthEast and English Partnerships launched their search for a development partner at the event on Wednesday. Council leader Paul Watson introduced the scheme by telling developers that there was a political will behind the arc’s proposals for Vaux.

Other speakers included Sunderland arc’s chief executive David Walker, arc property development manager Michael Black and the council’s head of strategic economic development Vince Taylor.

Mr Quinn told attendees that the football club planned to build on its success.

“Vaux is a perfect opportunity to climb aboard a city that’s really raring to go and to turn a city by name into a city by reality,” he added.

“We are very happy with our investment in Sunderland. We’ll invest if you invest and I feel confident that the will is out there. This proposal for a new business district on Vaux will incorporate the very heart of the city and it is time for this to happen now.

“There is a passion and emotion required to make it work and we will be with you all the way and the same mood is there from all the stakeholders. A lot of people have been wondering for a long time just what is going to happen on Vaux. Now is the time to lift the tape up. Please join in this great spirit and lets all grow together. “

Mr Black said developers needed to realise just how important the site was to the people of Sunderland and to the future of the city.

He added: “This scheme will deliver the first significant provision of high quality office space in the city centre with the ability to create at least 3,000 jobs. It will be attractive, accessible and different and something that belongs to the city.”

After the event Mr Walker said all the partners were very encouraged by the level of interest.

“Vaux offers a rare opportunity for developers to really transform the way the city will earn its living in the future. They can see the long term potential of being involved in a project that goes beyond the current difficult economic climate,” he added.

“The reason we have been so determined to secure the Vaux site is to make sure that we maximise the economic benefits for the city. If this is not achieved then we will struggle to get the maximum investment in other sectors of the city, such as hotels and leisure opportunities, and Sunderland will again be compromised.

“Investors recognise that there is a lot of support for our scheme at local, regional and national level. We have Secretary of State backing and a planning framework for the city that supports our proposals. What we want now is a developer that can make this vision a reality and give the city what it deserves.”


ENDS

Media Contact: Emily Taylor, communications manager, 0191 5689880
emily@sunderlandarc.co.uk


Notes to editor

Sunderland arc
The Sunderland arc Task Group was originally appointed in June 1999 by the former Trade and Industry Secretary, Rt. Hon. Stephen Byers MP. This followed the closures and associated job losses at Grove Cranes and the Vaux Brewery, both of which were key private employers in traditional industries close to the city centre. The Task Group was charged with developing and implementing a strategic vision to tackle the severe economic and social problems facing a substantial area of Sunderland and its communities. The resulting framework set out a 15-year vision for the Sunderland arc area that would radically transform the heart of Sunderland.

Sunderland arc (Sunderland Area Regeneration Company Ltd) was formally established, as a private company limited by guarantee, by Sunderland City Council, One NorthEast and English Partnerships (the Founder Members) on 1 May 2002. The company is part of the government sponsored Urban Renaissance aimed at the transformation of the economic and social life of cities.

The Company's objectives - as set out in its Memorandum of Association - are to: 'assist, promote, encourage, develop and secure the regeneration of the social, physical and economic environment of the area and to re-establish it as a premier location for business, employment and housing'.

VAUX

Tesco bought the site in 2001 and submitted an initial application in October 2002 for a Tesco store, further retail and a small amount of residential. Sunderland arc submitted alternative plans in December 2002 and subsequently Tesco submitted a revised scheme which expanded on the mixed-use element in November 2004, which was appealed on grounds of non-determination in October 2005.
Sunderland arc’s plans, which aim to create 3,200 jobs, were called in by the Government in February 2006. In March 2007 the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government approved the arc’s plans. This decision has been challenged by Tesco.

Alterations to Sunderland City Council’s Unitary Development Plan Central Sunderland were called in and a public inquiry took place in July 2006. In August 2007 an independently appointed Government inspector endorsed these alterations and concluded that major retail development should be confined to a central retail core which does not take in the Vaux site.
The UDP was formally adopted by the Council in October and in November Tesco announced it is to launch a legal challenge against this.

If negotiations between Sunderland arc and Tesco fail, One NorthEast has the statutory power to issue a Compulsory Purchase Order to acquire the former Vaux Brewery Site to support Sunderland arc's scheme.


UDP
The UDP is a blueprint for the future development of the city and lays down rules on what can be built where.
In August, following a public inquiry into the planned alterations to the UDP, an independently appointed inspector ruled that there should be no large scale retail on the Vaux site until at least 2012, strengthening the arc’s plans for a mixed-use development.
Tesco lodged its legal challenge on Wednesday 20th November, 2007.