Developer wins Sheffield housing appeal

Artist's impression of new homes at Parson Cross, to be built by MJ Gleeson
Artist's impression of new homes at Parson Cross, to be built by MJ Gleeson
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Former college land is to be replaced with 387 homes - after a developer won an appeal against refusal of planning permission.

Building firm MJ Gleeson has challenged Sheffield Council’s decision over plans for the former Sheffield College site at Parson Cross.

Work will now start this summer on two, three and four-bedroom homes.

The £40 million development will be built in phases over the next decade on the site off Remington Road and a site between Monteney Road and Morrall Road.

Gleeson will call the estates Monteney Park and Remington Park.

During the council’s planning board meeting when the scheme was rejected last year, Kate Mansell, planning officer, said the ‘design quality’ was insufficient.

But the council has been overruled by community secretary Eric Pickles.

A spokesman for Gleeson Homes said: “We are delighted to have been granted permission to transform this vacant land into homes which will be priced to suit local people.

“Since we held our public consultation event nearly two years ago, we have seen unprecedented interest and have a database of 200 people interested in buying.”

The company will also provide £2 million towards highways improvements, extra school places and football pitches, a new pavilion and changing rooms on Remington Park, plus improvements to football pitches on Colley Park.

Gleeson has apprenticeship places and is also looking to sponsor a junior sports team in Parson Cross. Visit www.gleeson-homes.co.uk for information.

■ Work has started on 47 ‘affordable’ homes at Longley Avenue West, Shirecliffe, which are among 2,300 being built by Sheffield Housing Company on derelict land around council estates.