Sheffield showcases its major regeneration sites
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The chairman of Homes England, Peter Freeman, made his first trip to Sheffield this week during a two-day whistle-stop tour.
Homes England, which is the government agency responsible for increasing the number of homes, was invited by Sheffield South East Clive Betts MP and the South Yorkshire Housing Association.
The tour began with a walk around Attercliffe, looking at principal sites, and saw the group visit the Olympic Legacy Park.
There was also a stop at Heart of the City II and Eyewitness Works to show how Sheffield is delivering on vital housing, community, retail, business and public space ambitions in the Devonshire Quarter part of the city.
Heart of the City is expected to create around 500 construction jobs and support between 5,500 and 7,000 jobs once it is finished.
Homes England provided a loan for the regeneration of the Eyewitness Works as part of a £14m funding package for the site and the South Yorkshire Pension Scheme will add another £10.7m into the project.
The walkabout also included a trip to Kelham Island.
Council Leader Terry Fox said: “We are a city of opportunity and although the pandemic has presented many challenges, we have continued to make progress with significant transformational projects across the city.
“What we have shown is that collectively, with our housing and development partners we have a huge appetite to create great places for people to live, work and enjoy, that also meet the essential housing demands, targets our residents’ needs and support our economic recovery.
“I hope that the time spent here has made a lasting impression and shows our commitment to maximising Sheffield’s assets and harnessing the skills and talent we have here to build back better, stronger and more creatively. Watch this space because it’s a really exciting time for Sheffield.”
Mr Freeman said it was great to see Sheffield’s ambition and drive. “There’s clearly a strong commitment to regenerating key areas of the city for the benefit of residents and I look forward to further conversations to discuss how we can work together to make homes happen.”