New organisation pledges to build 2,300 city homes

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TWO housing firms have signed contracts with Sheffield Council to build 2,300 new homes on derelict sites across the city.

The Sheffield Housing Company - a new consortium made up of the council, Keepmoat Ltd and the Great Places Housing Group - signed a 15-year deal to build on sites left empty a decade ago.

Many of the sites were bulldozed up to 10 years ago because the previous houses were too small.

Now work on the new properties has finally been scheduled to begin and builders will move on to the first sites next July.

Sheffield Council’s housing spokesman Coun Harry Harpham said: “I am delighted the contracts have been signed for the new Sheffield Housing Company, and we can get down to the important business of building homes.”

Keepmoat director of partnerships Eugien Jaruga said: “We look forward to working with Sheffield Council and Great Places Housing Group to deliver high-quality affordable housing for the city, with homes for sale, shared ownership and rent.

“We will seek to engage local labour and create training and job opportunities for local people.

“This investment will help to regenerate neighbourhoods, restore confidence and engender a growing sense of pride throughout the communities involved.”

Great Places Housing Group chief executive Stephen Porter said: “We’re looking forward to working with our partners to revitalise local communities with much-needed new homes.”