Tuesday 6 January 2015

Sheffield City Council has set out ambitious plans and priorities for council housing over the next five years.

Proposals include the building or buying of 1,000 new/replacement Council homes by 2019/20 to increase the choice and availability of high quality affordable homes for people in the city, support the local economy and bring funding into Sheffield.

Next year we will also be investing around £65m on council housing improvements with a focus on works such as replacement heating systems, insulation, new roofs and plans for the installation of solar panels which make homes more energy efficient, reduce bills and help people stay warm in their own homes.

Over 5 years our ambitious £400m investment programme, which will protect or maintain around 350 jobs, will see 11,000 new kitchens, bathrooms, windows and doors installed, 26,000 roofs replaced, 11,000 heating systems upgraded, solar panels on up to 6,000 roofs and improvements to communal areas which directly affect around 13,000 flats and maisonettes.

Details are set out in the Council’s Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Business Plan Cabinet Report.

Councillor Harry Harpham, Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods, said: “Our Business Plan sets out how we will use investment to make a real difference to our tenants’ lives.

“Our plans are ambitious and will increase the number of good quality affordable homes for Sheffield people. They will also make neighbourhoods safer, more attractive places to live in.

“It’s a priority to me that we help our tenants where we can, many of whom have been affected by benefit changes and increased living costs. We’re therefore making properties more energy efficient to reduce bills and help people stay warm in their own homes.

“As well as investing in the fabric of our properties, we are also investing in local communities by creating and protecting jobs wherever possible.”

The housing service will also be recruiting an additional 20 apprentices this year after successfully recruiting 15 last year.

The HRA Business Plan 2015/16 goes to Cabinet on Wednesday 14th January.