Plans to build 50 new homes for older people

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The future looks bright for Sheffield’s older residents with plans being considered to build 50 affordable homes in a £5 million development.

Sheffield Council’s ruling cabinet is set to approve the scheme, on land occupied by flat-roofed houses in Arbourthorne which have been demolished, at a meeting on Wednesday, September 28.

The project, a phase of the Arbourthorne Fields redevelopment, will then need planning permission.

Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “We have identified a clear need to provide a wider choice of housing in this area, so that older people can live more independently and remain in their local community close to family and social networks.

“There is a growing ageing population in the city and we need to plan to support this. We have worked closely with a community steering group of local residents and members of the Expert Elders panel at every step of the process to make sure the plans reflect the needs and wishes of the people living here.

“At a time of market uncertainty and substantial cuts in government funding this development represents a great opportunity to increase the number of affordable homes designed specifically for the needs of older people.”

Sheffield Council has appointed Sanctuary Group to build the homes on land between East Bank Road and Errington Road.

The development will be apartments for over-55s, and bungalows. Properties will include low-energy heating, communal gardening spaces, composting bins and recycling facilities.

The council has not revealed when progress will be made on plans to rebuild homes in the remaining area of Arbourthorne Fields, which adjoins the old people’s development site and needs millions of Government cash.

People remain in some of the old properties, which have yet to be demolished.