Crime fear over new homes plan

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PLANS for a huge development of ‘affordable’ homes on a Sheffield housing estate have caused controversy due to a new link road – which residents fear could lead to a rise in crime.

Residents at Norfolk Park say they welcome proposals to build 116 new homes on the site of a former tower block and maisonettes off Park Grange Road – but do not want the link road which is part of the scheme.

They claim it will open up their ‘quiet, trouble-free estate’ to other areas and fear an increase in anti-social behaviour as a result.

Plans for the new homes will be considered by Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board on April 10.

The site is one of the first three being redeveloped by the new Sheffield Housing Company – a partnership between Sheffield Council, a housing association and a private contractor – to create 2,300 homes on derelict land over the next 15 years.

Most houses will be for sale at ‘affordable’ prices and a small number will be for rent.

But Norfolk Park Tenants’ And Residents’ Association chairwoman Jenny Hobson said: “There is a big dispute over opening up this link road, which will connect with East Bank Road and Arbourthorne. We are currently shut off from other areas and relatively quiet and trouble-free. You don’t often hear of crime happening.

“Opening up the road will make it easier for people to come onto the estate from other areas. We’ll get a rise in anti-social behaviour and cars being burnt out, all sorts.

“Residents of 54 houses have signed a protest letter against the idea.”

Sheffield Council cabinet member for housing, Coun Harry Harpham, said: “The council has engaged in detailed consultation with local residents through meeting with local representatives to suggest solutions to the issues that have been raised.”