6 January 2016

More than 100 new homes are planned to be built on brownfield land owned by Sheffield City Council, with 156 jobs created during construction.

The council’s Cabinet, on Wednesday, 13 January, is set to approve the disposal of land in Manor, in the east of Sheffield, to Gleeson Homes who plan to build 103 two, three and four bedroom family homes.

Construction at Freston Road and Queen Mary Road is expected to take three to four years, creating 156 full time jobs over the period. Jobs for people living within two miles will be prioritised within the deal to make sure the benefits are felt locally. Gleeson is also offering support to make house buying more affordable through schemes which help people save for deposits and fees.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for housing at Sheffield City Council, said: “This is fantastic news for the city – attracting local firms like Gleeson to start building on the Manor estate to help us bring about the wider regeneration of the area, and providing much needed homes for sale and local apprenticeships and jobs.

“We are really pleased to be working with partners to develop solutions to deliver the new homes Sheffield needs. This new scheme will boost local employment as well as providing more housing, so is a great thing for the city.”

A spokesperson for Gleeson Homes said: “As a Sheffield based company we are delighted to be constructing homes in the Manor area of our city. We specialise in getting people out of rented accommodation and onto the property ladder so the homes will be priced to suit local people with the Help to Buy scheme available on all.

“Throughout the project we will not only invest £9 million into the local economy, through employment, materials and subcontractor expenditure, but we will also roll out our Community Matters programme which includes the employment of bricklaying and joinery apprentices, sponsorship of local junior sports teams and working with local schools. We would like to hear from any young people from Sheffield who are looking for a career in housebuilding.”