First residents Park up in Sheffield flats

New Park Hill resident Mi Jang at the door to her flat.
New Park Hill resident Mi Jang at the door to her flat.
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SHEFFIELD’S revamped housing landmark Park Hill has welcomed its first residents into their new homes.

Buyers and tenants have been picking up the keys to flats in the first phase of the complex to be redeveloped in a £160 million scheme.

James Mills and Emma Stobbs in their new flat.

James Mills and Emma Stobbs in their new flat.

Social housing tenants are being let 26 flats at the Grade II*-listed complex by Great Places housing association.

The rest of the first 78 apartments to be completed are available to buy through shared ownership and private sale, with prices from £90,000.

One of the first tenants, Mi Jang, moved into her one-bedroom apartment a few days ago. She is still unpacking her belongings and making the place feel like home.

Miss Jang, aged 32, lived at the ‘old’ Park Hill in 2008 and stayed in her flat at the Talbot Road end of the complex.

Charles Johnson enjoys the view from his new flat on Park Hill.

Charles Johnson enjoys the view from his new flat on Park Hill.

She had her name down to move into a transformed apartment three years ago.

Mi said: “I liked it at Park Hill from when I first moved here, even though the flats were very old.

“This is a nice new flat and I have great views from the lounge and the bedroom.

“I like to see the lights at night and I like my big windows. The under-floor heating is good. I am very happy.”

Catherine Fletcher settles into her Park Hill flat.

Catherine Fletcher settles into her Park Hill flat.

Among the first private residents are couple James Mills and Emma Stobbs, Charles Johnson, Catherine Fletcher,

Catherine, a history lecturer at Sheffield University, said: “I’m enjoying it very much, I like the flat, it’s well-designed and handy being five minutes from the station and 20 minutes from work.

“I work in public history, although my area is the 16th century, so I have an interest in heritage and it’s appropriate I’m living in a listed building.”

Matt Harrison, deputy chief executive and director of development at Great Places Housing Group, said: “This is an exciting time for Park Hill and everyone involved in its redevelopment.

“Our original vision was to create a vibrant, mixed community where families and individuals could enjoy high quality homes and share in its fantastic position overlooking a great city.

“It’s exciting that this community is now starting to happen.”