A ‘significant’ amount of new housing proposed for a Sheffield site should be used for social renting purposes, an MP has said.
Clive Betts, Labour MP for Sheffield South East, has outlined his support for plans to develop the former Westfield School site in Mosborough, and another at Owlthorpe, into housing.
But he said there were few properties available to rent in the area, and the city council should take action to change it.
He said: “Both sites have long been earmarked for housing development and there is significant demand for homes in the area.
“However, I am also clear that Sheffield Council needs to take appropriate action to ensure a reasonable proportion of the new homes are for social renting.
“Mosborough has a relatively low percentage of properties available for renting, yet there is a very large demand often from people who have grown up in the area.”
Mr Betts also said Sheffield had not been ‘proactive’ compared with other councils in insisting developers include houses for rent.
He said: “I hope we can get a reasonable balance, at least 20 per cent of homes for social renting.”