Site deals aid affordable housing schemes in Sheffield

Birley Ward Councillors Bryan Lodge, Denise Fox and Karen McGowan backing appeal for a crossing patrol warden at  Birley Primary School.
Birley Ward Councillors Bryan Lodge, Denise Fox and Karen McGowan backing appeal for a crossing patrol warden at Birley Primary School.
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AFFORDABLE housing schemes in Sheffield are set to receive a boost next week when councillors are expected to approve plans to kickstart building projects in the city.

Sheffield Council’s cabinet is being asked to approve the transfer of land on the Wybourn estate to a housing group which homes to build 25 properties on the site, off Cricket Inn Road.

Councillors are also recommended to allow a change in the terms of a lease agreement covering a housing site in Fox Hill, where work has stalled since the developer went into administration.

Coun Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for finance and resources, said the council was determined to ‘get development moving’.

“We remain committed to forging ahead with developing new homes in areas which are in need of housing regeneration, despite a financial climate which has seen a downturn in construction generally and the end of national housing market renewal funding,” he said.

“We will use whatever resources available to us to get development moving, give our local construction industry a boost, and help meet the housing needs of people in Sheffield.”

The land on the Wybourn is expected to be transferred to Great Places Housing Group, which already manages social housing on the estate.

Properties, including bungalows and apartments, would be built for affordable rent.

Meanwhile, building work at Fox Hill halted last year when the developer, Artisan H Ltd, hit financial difficulties.

The administrator, KPMG, has found another developer interested in taking on the site but believes the original scheme is no longer viable.

Cabinet members will discuss the proposals next Wednesday.