Sheffield tenants have chance to live in new homes

Harry Harpham with council leader  Julie Dore at the development site in Norfolk Park before work started
Harry Harpham with council leader Julie Dore at the development site in Norfolk Park before work started
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Thirty homes being built on Sheffield housing estates are being made available to council tenants.

Sheffield Council has announced it is buying the properties from the Sheffield Housing Company, a consortium redeveloping derelict sites around the city’s estates.

Work is under way building more than 300 homes at the company’s first three developments – Park Grange Road, Norfolk Park; Falstaff, Parson Cross, and on Longley Avenue West, Shirecliffe.

The 30 properties being bought by the council for rent are among 75 new homes for rent the council aims to provide in the next three years at a cost of £9.5 million.

Coun Harry Harpham, council deputy leader and cabinet member for housing, said: “We announced our commitment to provide 75 new social homes in January and are delighted to be delivering on that promise.

“These homes will be modern, energy-efficient and the price of rent will be competitive with other social housing. Nine of the homes are built to mobility standards and five are to wheelchair specification.”

The council is one of the members of the Sheffield Housing Company consortium, along with building firm Keepmoat and Great Places Housing Group.

Most of the homes being built by the company are for sale, in order to cover the building costs, due to a lack of Government or council funding for major schemes.

The council is set to approve purchase of the homes at its cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

The homes will be for rent and allocated according to existing letting criteria.

■ Sheffield Council’s cabinet is also set to approve transfer of two sites in the Errington Road area to Sanctuary Housing Association for construction of 75 homes.

Old flat-roofed homes have already been cleared on the land.

Some 40 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom houses are to be built in one area and 35 on another plot.

The sites are worth £300,000 - and represent ‘the council’s contribution to the cost of the homes’.