Sheffield retirement development nears completion

Cllr Mary Lea visits new Stocksbridge retirement development (pictured with Leigh Nurse from Keepmoat)
Cllr Mary Lea visits new Stocksbridge retirement development (pictured with Leigh Nurse from Keepmoat)
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A £5.5million retirement development is nearing completion in a Sheffield suburb.

Housing and care provider Sanctuary Group and contractor Keepmoat aim to finish the 55 apartments at Manchester Road in Stocksbridge later this spring.

The development, which has been part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, will provide a mix of one and two bedroom apartments for general rent for the over 55s.

Coun Mary Lea, cabinet member for care, had a tour of the development to see the progress.

She said: “We wanted to improve accommodation for older people in Stocksbridge and the flats are coming on well. They’ll be a great place for older people to live when they’re finished and will be a real asset to the area.

“I’m really impressed with the solar photovoltaic panels which will help to keep peoples electricity bills down. I’m also very pleased that Sanctuary has created opportunities for apprentices to work on this development.”

Rob Harbourne, development manager at Sanctuary, said: “We were delighted to show Coun Lea around the development so she could witness its progress. We are proud to be able to work with our contractors in order to benefit local residents, not only through valuable training opportunities but also through the funding of local projects.”

Projects supported as a direct result of Sanctuary’s investment on the site include the Valley in Bloom campaign, which saw the repair and refill of a large raised flower bed in the town, and a competition for residents to take photographs of Stocksbridge which will be displayed in the new development.