New affordable homes that are kind to the environment

Artist's impression of new housing at Parson Cross
Artist's impression of new housing at Parson Cross
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GREEN-CONSCIOUS families are invited to take a peek around a show home which opens tomorrow at an affordable housing development in north Sheffield.

The 35 eco-friendly properties are being built off Lindsay Road, Parson Cross, on a street named Larkin Grove by students of nearby Chaucer Business and Enterprise college after the poet Phillip Larkin.

Designed by award-winning architects Fashion Architecture Taste – the homes overlook a wildflower meadow, and have light and spacious rooms, contemporary fitted kitchens and bathrooms, parking and secure rear gardens. Environmental measures include solar panels and energy-saving features.

The homes, with two, three or four bedrooms, have been created on former derelict land by Great Places housing association and Sheffield Council. Some are available to buy through a shared ownership scheme run by company Plumlife.

It allows people on low incomes to part-buy and pay a small amount of rent for the remainder of the property, owned by the housing association.

Plumlife deputy chief executive Matthew Harrison said: “We’re really excited about this development, which not only meets the urgent need for high quality affordable family homes in the area but is ground-breaking and unique from a design perspective.

“The living spaces are generous, with higher ceilings than you’d normally expect on a new-build, which adds to the feeling of space – yet cost comparatively little to run thanks to energy-saving features.”

The Larkin Grove show home will be launching tomorrow from 11am. For information, contact Plumlife Sales on 0161 4475050.