THE transformation of a rundown estate in south-east Sheffield could hold the key for city families wanting to take their first step on the property ladder.
The SWaN estates of Scowerdons, Weakland and Newstead were originally built in the 1960s and are now at the centre of the new Rise S12 housing development.
A total of 259 homes will be built on the site by the end of 2011 as part of a wider project between Home Group and Sheffield Council, supported by the Homes and Communities Agency.
Each house will be fitted with eco bins, rainwater butts, and solar powered hot water systems to keep energy bills down and lower residents’ carbon footprints.
So far 42 properties are on sale and council leader Paul Scriven has now officially opened the show home. He said: “It’s an extremely tough financial climate out there for local people and we are constantly looking to find ways to ensure everyone in Sheffield has a fair chance to get a foot on the housing ladder.
“It is very encouraging to see new developments under way to provide better housing and facilities for local people.”
The redevelopment forms part of a £135 million scheme to create more than 1,000 new homes in south east Sheffield. It is the largest regeneration project in the city.