Frustration as housing project in up-and-coming area of Sheffield is delayed again

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Plans for a new housing estate in up-and-coming Attercliffe have been delayed until next year - sparking frustration among campaigners keen to boost the area’s multi-million pound redevelopment ambitions.

The Star understands a developer for ‘Attercliffe Waterside’ will not now be announced until 2020, almost a year after the project was launched.

The 22-acre plot, centred on the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal off Woodbourn Road, was announced in 2011 and finally went on the market in March.

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In June, Sheffield City Council said nine firms had shown an interest. A winner was expected in July.

Attercliffe Waterside.Attercliffe Waterside.
Attercliffe Waterside.

Mystery surrounds who is left in the race. It is understood a front runner, a joint bid by Strata and Great Places, has been rejected and Park Hill developer Urban Splash has withdrawn. Another possible contender, Citu, is not commenting.

David Slater, chair of Attercliffe Action Group, has written to MP Clive Betts and officials at the city council saying he expects ‘the winning bid to hit the ground running’.

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He added: “It will be 10 years since the Attercliffe Action Plan was produced and I am hopeful that our teamwork, faith and effort over the years will finally be vindicated

Businessman David Slater who is campaigning to improve Attercliffe.Businessman David Slater who is campaigning to improve Attercliffe.
Businessman David Slater who is campaigning to improve Attercliffe.

“The main criteria for Attercliffe Waterside is the finishing date.”

The plot is owned by Sheffield City Council, the Canal & River Trust and Norfolk Estates.

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Sheffield City Council director of City Growth, Edward Highfield said “We can’t comment on specific bids at this time. Detailed discussions with the other landowners and bidders are ongoing and we will soon announce the preferred bidder.”

Previously, James Lazarus, head of joint ventures on behalf of Canal & River Trust said: “This is an example of the trust using our landholding as a catalyst to bring forward transformational urban regeneration schemes that can really encourage the use of our waterways and improve the wellbeing of people living locally.”