New homes development to add colour to former school site

THESE colourful homes are to be built early next year on the site of a demolished school in Sheffield.

The former Parson Cross Deerlands School, which closed in 2005, is to be replaced with 35 houses designed by award-winning firm Fashion Architecture Taste.

Work on the two, three and four-bedroom homes will begin early in the new year, and is expected to take about a year to complete.

The development, funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, includes eight properties available for social renting, while the rest will be included in a new scheme to help low-income families rent until they are ready to buy.

Coun Bob McCann, Sheffield Council's housing spokesman, said: "This is the type of exciting and elegant, sustainable development we want to encourage in the city.

"We have involved local people in the consultation at events across the area and received some very positive support."

Matthew Harrison, deputy chief executive of developer Great Places Housing, said: "These modern and affordable homes will be designed to the highest standard and will help to meet the need for decent accommodation in this part of Sheffield, and we plan to create a place where people will really aspire to live.

"This exciting development will be a symbol of the regeneration work that is already under way. As well as delivering great homes, we will be working with the council and other partners to create a desirable environment where people will want to be a part of for a long time."

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