Empty stores could be turned into housing

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ELDERLY residents could get new affordable housing in Sheffield as empty shops are set to be sold.

Sheffield Council is proposing to transfer the freehold of nine properties on Paper Mill Road, Shiregreen, to Sanctuary Housing Association.

Sanctuary, a registered housing provider in Shiregreen, would be responsible for the site’s development.

The council’s cabinet will next month consider a report to sell the shops so the association can build 11 bungalows at affordable rents for older people.

The authority does not have the funding available to develop the site, despite a recommendation in the Brightside Shiregreen neighbourhood development framework 2008, but the association has secured funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Sanctuary now has until March 2015 to complete the work.

Coun Harry Harpham, council cabinet member for homes and regeneration, said: “We are keen to improve the appearance of this area, as all but one of the shops have closed and are boarded-up now, which has encouraged anti-social behaviour.

“Affordable homes for the elderly are always in demand in this part of the city and we have a good working relationship with Sanctuary Housing Association, who I am sure will deliver good quality homes at reasonable rents.”

Cabinet members will discuss the proposals at a meeting on Wednesday, April 11.