A housing-led economic and social regeneration programme, led by Sheffield City Council to kick-start development across the city, is about to begin its fourth phase of development with more than 150 new homes to be built in Parson Cross.
Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) – a joint venture between the council, private sector construction partner Keepmoat Homes and Great Places Housing Group – has been granted planning permission for 106 new homes off Fallstaff Road and 44 more at Lytton Road.
Construction has just begun on the Falstaff Estate and planning applications are being prepared for a further three sites in the city at Parson Cross and Norfolk Park, which will bring the total number of phase four homes due to be completed over the next four years to around 330.
SHC was established in 2011 with a 15-year plan to build 2,300 new homes, in order to improve housing provision and choice within the city. Phase one delivered 293, phase two is delivering 478 and phase three, 333. By the end of phase four it will have built 1,437 properties, the majority for sale but also some for shared ownership and affordable rent.
The Falstaff and Lytton sites will offer two, three and four bedroomed homes, predominantly for private sale, with six affordable homes for rent.
However, the project is not just about bricks and mortar. Links with community initiatives, schools and training organisations are providing a platform for local people to improve their skills and life opportunities.
More than £80million has been spent with construction sector businesses in the city region, 680 jobs have been created and 68 apprentices employed since work commenced – including three who benefited from a construction skills centre at Chaucer School, which is partially financed by SHC.
Councillor Paul Wood, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety at Sheffield City Council said: “I am pleased that the sites at Parson Cross, which have been undeveloped for many years, are now being used to provide much needed homes for sale and rent. This continues the transformation and adds vibrancy by building communities and jobs in the areas of our city that need them most.”
Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Planning and Development, added: “Our absolute priority is to improve homes in each neighbourhood across the city. As demonstrated by our recent celebrations of 100 years of council housing, people are proud of their homes and want to see more built. SHC is a successful partnership, which is enabling the council to bring about the wider regeneration of the city.”
Steve Birch, SHC Development Manager, said: “We are delighted to begin the fourth phase of our development programme. The benefits of this partnership continue to be far reaching for the city and its people. By investing in job creation and training, as well as building quality homes, this housing initiative will have a long-lasting and positive impact on Sheffield and its residents.”
Haydn Tomlinson, Assistant Land and Partnerships Manager with Keepmoat Homes, commented: “We are proud to be part of SHC and to be delivering much needed new homes across the city. Working in partnership with Sheffield City Council and Great Places, we are able not only to create new homes but support local businesses and develop training opportunities within the industry, from which local people can benefit.”