New eco-homes development completed

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A DEVELOPMENT of eco-homes named after a popular British poet has been completed on the Parson Cross estate.

The 35 homes cost £3.6 million to build, with a grant of £1.5m from the Government Homes and Communities Agency.

The Larkin Grove development was christened by year nine students at Chaucer Business and Enterprise College, in line with other streets in the area named after poets, to mark the 25th anniversary of poet Philip Larkin’s death.

The two, three and four-bedroom homes are on the site of the former Deerlands school, which closed in 2005 and was rebuilt as part of the Holgate Meadows Community School.

They include solar panels, insulation and high-specification double-glazing. Each features a different pattern in blue, brown and cream brick.

The houses were designed by Fashion Architecture Taste and AA Architects, who are working to create sustainable neighbourhoods in North Sheffield.

They were built by Great Places Housing Group.

Jan Fitzgerald, programme director for regeneration at Sheffield Council, said: “It’s great to see such well designed and striking new homes.”

Eight will be available for social rent, with the rest on a rent-to-purchase scheme.

Coun Vickie Priestley, Sheffield Council’s cabinet advisor for housing, regeneration and planning, said: “The new homes are a development of family homes where some of the next generation in Parson Cross will grow up.”