WORK has started on 116 ‘affordable’ homes at a second site by the Sheffield Housing Company - helping to address the city’s chronic housing shortage.
The properties are being built on a former tower block site off Park Spring Drive, Norfolk Park, by the consortium, which involves Sheffield Council, developer Keepmoat and Great Places Housing Group.
A sod cutting ceremony has taken place to launch the development, involving Sheffield Council leader, Coun Julie Dore, and deputy leader, Coun Harry Harpham.
Also present were Eugien Jaruga, chairman of Sheffield Housing Company, Dave Sheridan, chief executive of Keepmoat, and Raymond Kinsella, of Great Places.
The houses are among 2,300 new homes being built by Sheffield Housing Company on derelict land around the city’s estates over the next 15 years.
Coun Dore said: “This is a fantastic project, which will provide much needed homes for families when we know that there is a great housing shortage in Sheffield and across the country.”
Coun Harpham added: “The development will also create local jobs and help to stimulate the local economy.”
Norfolk Park is one of three sites being developed initially by the Sheffield Housing Company.
Work has already started on 142 homes at Brearley Forge, off Falstaff Road, Parson Cross, while construction of 47 homes around Shirecliffe is due to start later this year.
Most of the new homes will be for sale at ‘affordable prices’, with only 25 of the first 305 homes for rent.