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Housing plan is milestone for former colleagues

Housing plan is milestone for former colleagues

Plans for 73 new high quality homes in Sheffield will complete a memorable circle for two men involved in removing properties from the site over a decade ago.

Steve Birch, then working with the council’s housing department, was involved with local Cllr. Tony Damms, in finding better homes for those living on the site.

Housing plan is milestone for former colleagues

The 1950s pre-fabricated Malthouses homes, that once stood in Mansel Crescent, Mansel Road and Mansel Avenue, Parson Cross, were built as part of a national drive to develop large numbers of new homes after the second world war.  The temporary properties were approaching the end of their safe life and were no longer fit for habitation in the long term.

Whilst Cllr. Damms still represents the Southey Ward on Sheffield City Council, Steve is now Interim Project Director with Sheffield Housing Company (SHC), a joint venture company established by the council with private sector construction partner Keepmoat Homes and Great Places Housing Group, to deliver regeneration projects on 23 sites around the city.

This month the company has applied for permission to build new homes on the Malthouses site, as part of a 15-year plan to deliver 2,300 spacious, high quality and adaptable homes for sale and rent in Sheffield.

Steve said: “This area is significant to me as, when I worked in housing regeneration at the council, I spent a lot of time supporting the residents who lived in the prefabricated properties to find new, suitable homes.  It is rewarding to now be involved in plans which will help to revive the area and if the planning application is successful, bring much needed housing to this part of Parson Cross.”

Councillor Paul Wood, Executive Member for Housing, Roads and Waste Management said: “This is another important step in Sheffield’s journey towards providing much needed new homes for Sheffield families. We’re very pleased to see these plans for this area of the city and it’s so good to see that currently underused land will be used for this development.”

Once complete, the Malthouses site would offer a mixture of two to four bedroomed homes.  At present these are all expected to be for private sale to address a shortfall in the neighbourhood, though SHC continues to consider options to deliver affordable homes where possible.

Due to current restrictions regarding public consultation events and gatherings, SHC is initially inviting local residents to comment on or ask questions about the plans by emailing customerservices@sheffieldhousingcompany.co.uk  or visiting its Facebook and Twitter pages SheffieldHousingCompany @Sheff_HousingCo.

However, other means of engagement during the planning process are being explored, including public face-to-face drop-in sessions, if safe to do so.

An image of the new homes is available on the SHC website: www.sheffieldhousingcompany.co.uk/

Click the PDF icon towards the top right of the page to see the development layout.  In addition, the application, once validated by the council, will also be available to view by visiting www.sheffield.gov.uk scrolling down to the planning and development tab, then the search tab, scrolling again  to search, view of comment and down again to enter the reference number – 21/02598/FUL.

Since it commenced building, six years ago, SHC has completed nearly 1,000 homes across the city, around 80% of which have been sold to first time buyers and families.  It has created 75 apprenticeships, over 800 jobs and spent more than £80 million with local supply businesses.

Over £50,000 has been pledged to public art and community initiatives; £20,000 has been spent supporting local schools and backing for open pathways to work for students, while university links provide graduates with work experience.  There has been sponsorship for, or attendance at, many community events.

About Sheffield Housing Company

www.sheffieldhousingcompany.co.uk

The work of Sheffield Housing Company, Sheffield City Council’s joint venture housing delivery vehicle, forms part of the council’s ambitions to provide new housing stock in the city, that will support strong neighbourhoods, boost regeneration and help people feel safe, warm and well. The council is committed to creating balanced communities which is a priority for the council and City Housing Strategy so, alongside SHC, which was set up to build homes predominantly for open market sale, the council is also building and acquiring 3,100 new affordable homes as part of its own Stock Increase Programme. For further details of how the Council will deliver the type and volume of new housing required in Sheffield both directly, through its own build programme and indirectly, through its work with private developers, please access its New Homes Delivery Plan.

SHC was set up by the council as part of a competitive procurement exercise to bring back into use vacant land that once had Council housing with the aim to bring about the wider regeneration of these areas, creating successful and vibrant places to live with much needed new homes for sale to improve the quality and choice of new homes in these areas and an improved quality of life for residents. Working with our partners (Keepmoat and Great Places) we have invested more than £80 million in the local economy, created 75 apprenticeships and sustained around 800 jobs.

About Sheffield City Council

www.sheffield.gov.uk

Sheffield City Council works to create successful neighbourhoods across the city — places where people choose to live, where they’re safe, have good housing, schools and services. It also aims to ensure all development is sustainable and of the highest design quality.

About Keepmoat Homes

www.keepmoat.com

Keepmoat Homes is a fast growing top 10 UK housebuilder and the leading home builder for first time buyers.  It delivers high quality homes, often in areas that benefit greatly from housing-led urban regeneration.  This is achieved through the creation of long term partnerships with public and private sector organisations that have unused land or property, in order to build homes and communities that are recognised for both their quality and value.  This investment and participation helps transform neighbourhoods, improving the lives of local people.

About Great Places Housing Group

www.greatplaces.org.uk

Great Places Housing Group is one of the largest developing housing associations in the north, working to improve the lives of the thousands of people living in its portfolio of over 26,000 homes.

About ENGIE

www.engie.co.uk

ENGIE is a leading energy and services company focused on three key activities: production and supply of energy, facilities management and regeneration. Our 17,000 employees combine these capabilities for the benefit of individuals, businesses and communities throughout the UK & Ireland.

We enable customers to embrace a lower carbon, more efficient and increasingly digital world. Our customers benefit from our energy efficient and smart building solutions, the provision of effective and innovative services, the transformation of neighbourhoods through regeneration projects, and the supply of reliable, flexible and renewable energy.

ENGIE improves lives through better living and working environments. We help to balance performance with responsibility, enabling progress in a harmonious way.

Globally, the ENGIE Group employs 160,000 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €60.6 billion in 2018.