Sheffield needs 4,600 new private homes – says council plan

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Thousands of new homes should be built by private developers in Sheffield in the next three years, according to a new plan.

Sheffield Council’s new corporate plan – to be discussed by council chiefs tomorrow afternoon – sets out challenges, needs and future proposals for the city.

The plan says the council will ‘support developers to build 4,600 homes across the city’ as part of a wider plan for 15,000 new homes built over the next decade.

And it says development will focus on ‘larger sites that can deliver significant growth, including mixed housing in the city centre together with new services to support this growing community’.

As part of building new private sector homes, the council also pledges to develop a joint housing zone with Rotherham Council that will concentrate on five Attercliffe sites.

The report says the Attercliffe sites have the ‘potential to deliver around 600 homes in the next five to ten years’.

Attercliffe is already expected to see growth as a result of the new Ikea store opening nearby and subsequent regeneration.

Social housing is in high demand and the plan says the council is aiming to build or buy 750 extra council houses .

On transport, the corporate plan also says the council will identify a new network of cycling routes by July 2015.

And on care provided to elderly and vulnerable people, the plan says more than 500,000 hours of the home care provided by the council will move from a ‘time and task’ approach to ‘more flexible arrangements’.