Residential regeneration at former prefabricated homes site

Work is underway on 73 new houses at a site known as Malthouses in Parson Cross, Sheffield.

The Beckett Hill development will include a mix of two, three and four bedroomed properties, with the first release of homes for sale ahead of the May bank holiday weekend.

All the properties are expected to be for private sale, to address a shortfall of homes to buy in this part of the city.

The development forms part of a 15-year plan by Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) to deliver over 2,300 new homes for sale and affordable rent to Sheffield.

Since it began building 13 years ago SHC has completed over 1,350 homes across the city, around 80% of which have been sold to first time buyers and families.

Steve Birch is development director with SHC – the city council’s joint venture development company with private house builder Keepmoat and Great Places Housing – which is developing the site.

Over a decade ago, then working with the council’s housing department, he was involved in the acquisition and demolition of 1950s prefabricated Malthouses homes at this same location.

The properties which once stood in Mansel Crescent, Mansel Road and Mansel Avenue off Chaucer Road, were built as part of a national drive to develop large numbers of new homes after the Second World War but had come to the end of their safe lifetime.

Birch said: “I remember just how the estate used to look, and some of the residents that I worked with at the time, and although the prefabricated homes were coming to the end of their safe life and would no longer be fit for habitation, many people were sad to see them go, given their generous proportions and large gardens.

“The partnership has worked hard to develop a plan for the site, which suits the area, environment, community, and housing demand.

“As always, we will try to minimise construction disruption and will be in regular communication with neighbouring residents, schools, and businesses.

“Once complete in spring 2026, we are confident the Beckett Hill development will have a positive lasting impact for the area.”

Chris Clingo, regional managing director for Keepmoat, Yorkshire West, said: “We are proud to breathe new life to this parcel of land near former homes that date back to the end of the Second World War.

“The scheme will also boost the local economy, creating new jobs and apprenticeship opportunities for local people.

“We believe homes are much more than just bricks and mortar, and we are committed to supporting SHC in its mission to create a fantastic new community.”

Councillor Douglas Johnson, chair of the Housing Committee, said: “Regeneration is taking place across Sheffield, and housing developments are a huge part of that. It’s great to see another of these coming to fruition in Parson Cross which we hope people will enjoy.

“These 73 homes will be a welcome addition towards our goals of increasing both the private and social housing stock across the city.”

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