20,000 new homes needed in Sheffield by 2026

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SHEFFIELD Council is pressing ahead with plans to build 20,000 new homes by 2026.

The authority is publishing a new housing strategy for the coming decade which commits it to achieving the target and pressing ahead with controversial plans to allow homes to be built on 15 green and open sites.

Sheffield Council said the new homes are necessary because the city’s population - currently 550,000 - could be around 628,000 people by 2031.

Millions of pounds of funding towards new social housing will come from the Government’s New Homes Bonus grant which pays funding for each new home built for a period of six years. Other homes will be built by private developers.

Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for housing, said: “Our emphasis will be to accelerate housing supply by making development more economically viable, increasing the demand for new homes by enabling more people to buy on the open market.”

The strategy comes following a two-year consultation with the public.

The council has also set priorities including improving the ‘mix and range’ of homes, and upgrading existing ones. Support will be provided so young people can access housing and live independently, while elderly and vulnerable people will be encouraged to stay in their own homes.