Work in progress to build more than 50 homes near city centre

Construction is underway on 51 new affordable homes at London Road, near the centre of Sheffield.

The £8.2m Great Places Housing Group’s scheme, at a once derelict site, is being delivered in partnership with Beluga Group, and part funded by Homes England.

The red-brick design of the homes is intended to celebrate the history of the area, linking back to the terrace properties that once occupied the site and Sheffield’s industrial heritage.

Matthew Harrison, chief executive at Great Places, said: “We’re particularly pleased to be bringing high environment credentials to the site, which will enhance the affordability for customers and ensure a sustainable scheme in a fantastic location.

“Building much-needed additional affordable housing in all of the areas we operate in continues to be a key focus for us, and as members of the South Yorkshire Housing Partnership, we’re committed to working with the local authorities in the areas to realise their housing priorities.

“There’s high local demand from residents looking for affordable accommodation, and we’re confident our development will help to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing in the area.”

Councillor Julie Grocutt, deputy leader of Sheffield Council and chief executive Kate Josephs recently joined Harrison and Tom Hawley – head of affordable housing growth for the North at Homes England, on a visit to view progress on the site.

The land was previously a used car sales forecourt. Once building works are finished, the site will be occupied by a five-storey apartment block of one and two bed apartments, which will be available for social rent. Work is expected to complete in April 2024.

Cllr Grocutt said: “Myself and Kate Josephs were thrilled to take a look around the new development site on London Road which will provide affordable homes for the people of Sheffield.

“Our future plans for Sheffield, as outlined in our consultation draft Local Plan, look to create neighbourhoods in close proximity to the city centre and we’re so pleased to see more affordable housing close to the heart of our city, while also making use of formerly unused brownfield site.”

Hawley added: “It’s fantastic to see Great Places building these much needed affordable homes on a brownfield, city centre site with lots of amenities nearby, further demonstrating what can be achieved with investment via the Government’s Affordable Homes Programme.

“Homes England would welcome more bids for investment into affordable homes in Sheffield and the wider region, working collaboratively with our delivery partners like Great Places and Sheffield City Council.”

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