Sunderland arc has begun a public consultation on the blueprint of its sports and leisure facilities surrounding Sunderland’s Aquatic Centre and the Stadium of Light football ground.

The draft development framework for Stadium Village - which includes plans for sports and leisure facilities, offices, a hotel and homes - are on public display at Sunderland arc and Sunderland City Council from January 7 to February 17.

The documents set out the long term development of the site, and, once formally adopted by the city council, aims to provide guidance to developers on how the scheme should be developed over the next 15 years.

Cllr James Blackburn, portfolio holder for planning and transportation at Sunderland City Council, said: ‘Our aim is to position Sunderland as a major sporting venue for the North East and beyond and Stadium Village will play a key part in this and undoubtedly enhance the city’s economic activity.’

Simon Elliot, property development manager at Sunderland arc, said: ‘The football stadium and Sunderland Aquatic Centre are already here and, together with our partners, we hope to build on these fantastic facilities and create a critical mass of sports and leisure facilities for the city and the wider region.

‘The development framework sets out the key principles and factors for consideration, such as types of uses, buildings and public spaces, that are necessary and appropriate in achieving the proper redevelopment of this important area and complements our wider vision for the regeneration of central Sunderland.’