New homes on Sheffield estate will create 156 jobs

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More than 100 new homes are set to be built on brownfield land in Sheffield –10 years after plans were first drawn up by the council.

Land owned by Sheffield City Council on the Manor estate will be sold to Gleeson Homes.

The company plans to build 103 two, three and four bedroom family homes on the land at Freston Road and Queen Mary Road over a period of three to four years.

A total of 156 permanent jobs will be created during construction – and will be prioritised to people living within two miles of the development.

The council said it is hoped the move will mean the benefits of the project will be ‘felt considerably throughout the local community’.

Gleeson is also making the new homes more affordable through schemes aiming to help people save for deposits and fees.

The site has been cleared for a number of years.

Lovells was given permission in 2006 to build 124 homes on the site – but the economic downturn meant the scheme never went ahead.

Coun Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for housing, said: “We are really pleased to be working with partners to develop solutions to deliver the new homes Sheffield needs.

“This new scheme will boost local employment as well as providing more housing, so is a great thing for the city.”

A Gleeson spokesman said: “As a Sheffield based company we are delighted to be constructing homes in the Manor area of our city. We specialise in getting people out of rented accommodation and onto the property ladder so the homes will be priced to suit local people with the Help to Buy scheme available on all.”

He added: “Throughout the project we will not only invest £9 million into the local economy, through employment, materials and subcontractor expenditure, but we will also roll out our Community Matters programme which includes the employment of bricklaying and joinery apprentices, sponsorship of local junior sports teams and working with local schools. We would like to hear from any young people from Sheffield who are looking for a career in housebuilding.”