Council to name firm for 2,300 new homes

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PLANS to build 2,300 homes on empty sites around the city over the next 15 years are to move nearer today when a company will be chosen to build the houses.

The proposals involve redevelopment of land where houses have been demolished.

Areas affected include Mansel Crescent, Deerlands Avenue, Lytton Road and Falstaff Road in Parson Cross, three areas in Shirecliffe, and land at Earl Marshal, Fir Vale.

There are also large sites on the Arbourthorne, Park Hill, Manor, Manor Park and Norfolk Park which are due to be redeveloped.

Some areas have been derelict for more than a decade. The new homes are badly needed due to the severe shortage of affordable housing around the city and the huge council house waiting list. Sheffield Council has shortlisted two firms - the identities of which have not been revealed - and the cabinet will select one as “preferred bidder” to take on the developments at its meeting today.

A report to the cabinet meeting said: “The selection of a preferred bidder and establishment of the Sheffield Housing Company will mean that a vehicle has been put in place to deliver in the region of 2,300 new homes on predominantly brownfield land across Sheffield which has been derelict for years.

“The programme will provide new high quality homes for sale, shared ownership and rent, in areas where regeneration is needed most.” It is proposed local labour is used to build the properties in each area to boost economic activity and reduce unemployment in the neighbourhoods.

The council is planning to establish a Sheffield Housing Company, through which the council would work with the developer to construct the homes.