Sunderland City Council votes to turn Thorney Close club into controversial accommodation

Sunderland City Council have voted to demolish the former Thorney Close club and approve controversial plans to build supported accommodation on it.

The plans have been met with widespread opposition from local residents, with over 1300 signing a petition objecting to the proposals, with concerns the facility may house released sex offenders, which a consultation refused to rule out.

Residents also sent in hundreds of emails objecting, while local Liberal Democrat councillors for the Sandhill ward also opposed the plans.

Despite this, the vote was passed this morning on the planning committee.

The former Thorney Close social club closed in 2020 following the covid pandemic. However, despite community objections to the proposals, no alternative business plan or future for the former pub was proposed.

Residents nonetheless reacted with anger online as the news surfaced.