Work to start on £6.5m Sheffield housing scheme

An artist's impression of a new retirement complex being built in Arbourthorne, Sheffield.
An artist's impression of a new retirement complex being built in Arbourthorne, Sheffield.
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BUILDING work is due to begin this week to create a retirement complex and bungalows on a Sheffield housing estate.

Sanctuary Housing is building 52 apartments for over 55s, plus four bungalows for people on the site at Errington Road, Arbourthorne, costing £6.5 million.

Seventy workers, employed by builder Keepmoat, will be employed on the development, including two new apprentices.

The scheme is part of a redevelopment of the Arbourthorne Fields area, where flat-roofed homes are being pulled down.

But the rest of the redevelopment is on hold, with remaining residents told it could be up to two years before work starts.

Helen Wright, Sanctuary’s head of development for the North, said: “The project will provide much-needed new energy efficient homes for rent, while young people get the opportunities they need to kick start a career in the building trade.”

Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council cabinet member for housing, said the project would meet a ‘clear need to provide housing for older people to live more independently’.

Bungalow roofs will be partially planted with sedum plants to absorb rainwater and attract butterflies and bees.

However, Winnie Smith, of Arbourthorne Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “We’re still waiting for progress on the rest of the redevelopment and are concerned about the tenants being put into the flat roofed houses in the meantime, some of whom have been causing trouble.”

Sheffield Homes said 10 of the 80 new tenants in Arbourthorne over the past year are subject of anti-social behaviour investigations, but the number of 
anti-social behaviour cases in the ward is the third-lowest in Sheffield.