Shadow minister’s praise for Sheffield housing scheme

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A Sheffield development which will create thousands of homes has been praised by a shadow housing minister.

Labour’s Emma Reynolds visited Parson Cross, one of three areas of the city formerly used for industrial or commercial purposes but now being regenerated by Sheffield Housing Company.

Through the project, Sheffield Council provides the land, with private companies responsible for building the properties.

In total, 2,300 homes are planned in the next 15 years – 143 have been completed so far.

Of those, 80 per cent have been bought by first-time buyers or families.

Ms Reynolds, who toured a home built to full mobility standard, said: “I am pleased so many of the homes in this scheme are going to first-time buyers and young families.

“Under this Government, the dream of home ownership is slipping out of reach for too many people.”

Homes are also being built in Shirecliffe and Norfolk Park as part of the scheme.

This year, planning permission will be sought for another six sites, for another 470 more properties.

Sheffield MP Paul Blomfield and Coun Harry Harpham, council cabinet member for homes, also, took part in the visit last week and spoke of party leader Ed Miliband’s plan to build200,000 homes a year by 2020.

Mr Blomfield said: “The council is leading the way on housebuilding with its innovative public-private partnership, and crucially it is ensuring the homes built are affordable.”