WORK begins today on a project to build 142 affordable homes on derelict land in Sheffield.
A sod-cutting ceremony will celebrate the official launch of the scheme in the Falstaff area of Parson Cross, which will be called Brearley Forge.
The project is being developed by Sheffield Housing Company, a consortium involving Sheffield Council, Great Places housing association and construction firm Keepmoat.
Coun Harry Harpham, council cabinet member for housing, Eugien Jaruga, chairman of the Sheffield Housing Company and Dave Sheridan, chief executive of Keepmoat, will cut the first sod at the site.
Coun Harpham said: “We need a lot more affordable homes to rent and buy in Sheffield so I’m delighted that even in a time of economic hardship, we’re able to find innovative ways to build houses in areas where regeneration is needed the most.
“The investment into new housing in Sheffield is also a real boost for the city’s local economy because it means new construction jobs and apprenticeships for local people.”
Mr Sheridan, of Keepmoat, added: “This is an exciting new regeneration development not only for Sheffield but for the region as a whole.
“The development, which has been named after Harry Brearley, inventor of stainless steel in Sheffield, will provide a much needed boost to the economy by developing new homes and creating jobs for local people. “
He added: “There will be a range of homes and house types that will appeal to many home owners and we look forward to unveiling these next year.”
Brearley Forge is one of three sites in the first phase of Sheffield Housing Company’s plans to build 2,300 new homes across the city over the next 15 years.
The other two sites where work is soon to begin are at Norfolk Park and Shirecliffe.