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30 May 2013, 09:31 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
Plans have been put forward to build a brand new Hilton Hotel at Sunderland's Stadium Park.
Consultation will be carried out with the public in the coming weeks, followed by the submission of a planning application.
The build is scheduled to begin from early 2014 and the hotel will open in summer 2015.
Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council has told Capital:
"This is a very exciting development for Sunderland and a statement of confidence in our city and its future, by arguably the most famous hotel chain in the world.
Having such a quality hotel on Stadium Park will have a tangible economic impact on our city, and particularly its city centre.
Stadium Park, through the Stadium of Light and the Aquatic Centre, welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, through football matches, concerts and other major events and this extra hotel provision will unlock further growth and development in the city through leisure and business tourism."
In addition to the positive impact on the economy when the hotel opens, the construction will create up to 150 jobs, plus additional work within the supply chain and once completed, the hotel will create 100 full and part-time jobs.
The City Council has recently acquired the land for the development and a newly-formed company, Sunderland FC Developments, which is affiliated to Sunderland AFC, will bring the development forward.
The outline plans can be viewed HERE