SHEFFIELD’S first new council homes for two decades have welcomed their first tenants – after work was completed on a development of 27 properties in Shirecliffe.
Tracy Marsh, aged 43, was one of the new tenants and was delighted to collect her keys.
The 43-year-old said: “I absolutely love my new apartment. I’ve been looking for my own place for a while, and getting this place has meant I can finally move out of my mum’s. I smile every time I come home.
“It feels like a holiday apartment because of the huge windows, and I’m so proud when my friends and family come round.
“I work as a community carer in this area, so it’s close to work for me too.”
The award-winning council homes, funded by a government grant, include a mix of detached and semi-detached houses, bungalows and apartments.
They include features such as photovoltaic tiles, high levels of installation, high efficiency gas boilers and low energy lighting.
First-floor apartments all have balconies which offer impressive views across the city.
Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for homes and regeneration, said: “These fantastic homes will provide high quality accommodation for over 70 people in Shirecliffe.
“It’s great to be here to welcome Tracy and the other new tenants to homes they really can be proud of, and I wish them every happiness.”
Tony Shaw, regional manager of building contractor Henry Boot, said: “The properties are ultra energy-efficient and this will benefit the tenants and the environment.”
Coun Harpham and Tony Shaw presented Tracy with a hamper of treats yesterday as a housewarming gift.
Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, leader of Sheffield Council’s opposition Liberal Democrat group, which secured the funding, added: “As an administration we worked hard to ensure that new affordable housing would become available in Sheffield. I’m delighted these new homes are welcoming their first tenants.”
Rob Pearson, of the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, said: “This is great news for the residents of Shirecliffe. I am really pleased that our funding has helped to make it possible for the council to build these homes.”