Two more development projects, which will create jobs and apprenticeships, have begun in Sheffield.
Part of the second phase of Sheffield Housing Company’s (SHC) ambitious £250 million development package, they involve the construction of a further 142 new homes at Norfolk Park and Fir Vale.
The newest developments are an extension at Cutler’s View, on land between Park Grange Road and Beeches Drive, where 83 homes, including nine apartments, will be constructed and on land adjacent to Fir Vale School playing fields, where 59 larger than average, two to six bedroomed homes will be built.
Other phase two work includes a further 122 family homes at the Brearley Forge site, which is already underway; a three storey, 24 apartment development at the former Park Grange residential home and 181 homes at Harborough Avenue, Manor.
As phase two work gets underway, SHC – a partnership comprising the city council, developer Keepmoat and Great Places housing association – has already identified nine new apprentice and 11 further job opportunities for local people.
In total, phase two of the programme, comprising 478 modern, energy efficient homes, could create up to 80 new jobs and 69 apprenticeships. It will also push the value of contracts awarded to local support businesses to £22.5 million.
A £5.9 million loan from the Homes and Communities Agency is supporting the second phase of the initiative which will, by 2030 deliver 2,300 homes in seven city neighbourhoods. Three years in, SHC is delivering on its promise to improve not only the quality and choice of housing available for sale and affordable rent – 320 completed to date – but also drive urban, economic, environmental and social regeneration.
John Clephan, Project Director with SHC, said:
“I am delighted that we have everything in place to get this second phase of construction well underway. The funding from HCA marks a major expansion for SHC and has allowed us to double our housebuilding activity in Sheffield. More housebuilding allows us to increase the number of local jobs and businesses that we support through the work that we do.”
“SHC homes are larger than your average new build being built in the city, offering best value to buyers and those who rent. They are thoughtfully designed to make adaptations easy, providing flexibility to make changes as families grow or people get older.”
Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for housing at Sheffield City Council, said:
“It’s great to see more new homes being built and in areas where they’re most needed. We helped set up Sheffield Housing Company to improve the quality and choice of homes for people who want to buy or rent.
“A priority is creating as many local jobs and apprenticeships through this as possible and supporting local firms through supply chains. It’s great this is happening and the development helps not only with housing but the economic regeneration of our neighbourhoods.”
Ian Hoad, Operations Director for Keepmoat in Yorkshire, commented:
“Every partner involved in this project has a shared vision of delivering the highest quality homes, while investing in the wider community. The first phase has been a resounding success and we are committed to continue supporting buyers at all ends of the property ladder; while providing a platform for employment and training in the region.”
Matthew Harrison, Chief Executive for Great Places Housing Group, said:
“At Great Places, we’re passionate about providing not only great homes, but also supporting great people and communities.”
“These energy efficient homes go beyond just putting a roof over people’s heads – the development work is supporting small businesses in the area, creating career opportunities for local people, and opening doors to the younger generation through apprenticeships and training.”
Rob Pearson, Head of Area at the Homes and Communities Agency said:
“It is great news that £6 million investment is continuing to provide much needed homes for local people across the city and also help support the creation of new jobs. The partnership is making a real difference for the people of Sheffield and phase 2 is a sign of the long term commitment to the city.”