After forwarding residents' concerns on to the City Council, here is the response, posted here by way of an update. This is the latest reply as at 02/10/2017.
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Once any application has been made to the Local Planning Authority, Constituents can submit their concerns via Public Access, the Council's development control email account:
[email protected] or by post to the Local Planning Authority (LPA), Economy and Place Directorate at the Civic Centre, Burdon Road in Sunderland, SR2 7DN.