Booming interest has been revealed in a major Sheffield housing development - prompting optimism the property market is showing signs of recovery.
Some 150 environmentally-friendly one to four bedroom houses, plus commercial and leisure facilities, are being created at the Little Kelham development on the former Green Lane works site, Kelham Island.
Already almost 300 people have registered an interest in buying one of the houses - nearly two buyers to each property - before work has even started.
Property developer Citu’s Little Kelham website has 620 followers on social networking website Twitter.
The huge interest in the scheme comes as Halifax, the UK’s biggest mortgage lender, recorded a six per cent increase in sales during the first half of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012.
And Citu has not even opened a sales office yet at Little Kelham - that launches in September.
The sales office contains a working bakery including a pizza oven, and will be used for community gatherings and business meetings until the build is complete.
Aisling Ramshaw, head of sales and marketing at Citu, said: “We expected some interest before the sales office opened, but we have been overwhelmed by the number of people getting in touch to ask for more information literally having seen the signs on the outside of the development.
“It’s incredibly encouraging to see such interest, and reminiscent of the property market before the crash.
“The unique design of the eco-friendly, low carbon, sustainable housing and commercial space in this popular area of Sheffield is really appealing to a range of buyers.”
Citu aims to attract ‘a range of buyers, from families to those new to the property market’.
The development is scheduled for completion in 2016.
Anyone interested in receiving more information can visit the Little Kelham website at www.littlekelham.com or follow the development on Twitter @littlekelham.