A historic former industrial quarter of Sheffield - including what is believed to be the only surviving example of an original Sheffield back-to-back house - is to be transformed by a new housing development.
Planning permission has been granted at Smithfield, close to Kelham Island, on Snow Lane and around the old Nickel Blanks building, for the creation of 19 new houses, all with gardens and car parking.
The area near Shalesmoor was once at the heart of the city’s small industries, the domain of Sheffield’s celebrated Little Mesters.
It was developed from farmland in the early 1700s, initially for poor quality housing but then increasingly interspersed with steel and cutlery works.
The housing that grew up - eventually swept away by slum clearance - typically comprised three-storey back-to-back properties grouped around courtyards.
The new scheme will involve the refurbishment of old buildings, including the back-to-back house converted long ago into a small factory and now disused, which will be saved to become seven houses and eight apartments.
Sheffield Council has approved plans for the development submitted by city architects Coda Studios.
“I really do believe this is the future of the city,” said Coda managing director David Cross, who has worked previously on the restoration of other important historic industrial sites.
“We have acres of inner city brownfield land that are currently under-utilised but which can be used to meet the increasing need for convenient, affordable housing.
“And developing land so close to the heart of the city for residential use also creates a more thriving city centre.”
Work has already begun on another nearby project by award-winning Coda, the £2 million plus Dun Fields scheme - 18 student houses on another brownfield site at Dun Street in the Kelham island area, creating 84 bedrooms.
“We firmly believe this project will add greatly to the regeneration of Kelham Island and enhance its reputation as the place to be in Sheffield,” said David.
“These will be urban houses in the European style, with a central communal garden area and even an outdoor gym, and already the site is pretty much sold - a sure sign investor confidence is returning to the property market.
“Kelham Island is now a well established part of Sheffield life, a thriving community in its own right, and all over the city there is under- utilised land waiting for the same thing to happen.
“Smithfield and Dun Fields are just two more pieces in the jigsaw that will provide a sound housing solution and remind people why Sheffield is such an interesting and attractive place to live.”
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