Wannabe homeowners camp out for chance to snap up Sheffield properties

People camping out for a home at Little Kelham.
People camping out for a home at Little Kelham.
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Would-be homeowners camped out overnight for the chance to get their hands on a Sheffield property.

Developer Citu made its second round of properties in Little Kelham available for sale on Saturday morning.

Two hardy buyers camped out overnight – setting up chairs at 4.30pm on Friday outside the entrance to the sustainable development on Alma Street, Kelham Island.

Danny Jaques, aged 35, of Woodlaithes, Rotherham, sat outside all night with his husband Ady Jaques in an attempt to secure one of the new properties.

Others turned up in the early hours of Saturday – and by 10.30am a group of about eight to 10 people had lined up outside the entrance.

Mr Jaques said: “It rained during the night as well, which didn’t help.

“However, we had some friends on a night out who stopped off with a curry.

“We fell in love with the area when we visited to get married, at The Chimney House nearby.

“I like the idea of a sustainable house, and of course the great community already there.”

Jessica Broome, aged 27, from Kelham Island, turned up in the early hours to get in line for a property.

She said: “We have lived in Kelham Island for more than a year and love the area.

“However, it’s hard to find interesting properties around here. It’s all block flats, whereas this has got a bit of character around it that fits with the ethos of Kelham Island – it’s more interesting.”

Little Kelham is a 150-property community with a mixture of houses and apartments, from a one-bedroom house to a four-bedroom garden house.

When the site is finished it will also have a nursery, cafe leisure area, bar and bakery as well as a creative workspace.

The site is designed to be eco-friendly – homes harvest rainwater to flush toilets, while Citu claims the ‘passive homes’ design needs only 10 per cent of the power to heat that a normal home does.

Each house will have solar panels on the roof and can be controlled via a smartphone app.

Aishling Ramshaw, Citu sales and marketing director, said: “This is exciting for Sheffield and for the housing market.

“The idea of Little Kelham is a sustainable community.

“The original developers wanted to put 300 properties here.

“We reduced that to 150 and added gardens and open spaces.

“It’s important for us that people get to know each other.”