8 December 2015
The builders are coming.
This time to Darnall and Manor where work has started on Sheffield’s latest new build council houses.
Fifty one family houses will be built as part of Sheffield City Council’s scheme to provide 1,000 extra council homes by 2019/20. The authority has also this year bought 23 newly built houses at Fox Hill and 122 other council homes across the city.
Housing building is on the up in Sheffield. The number of new homes built for sale and rent doubled in the last year, from 938 in 2013/14 to 1,812 in 2014/15. The council is also helping people build their own home as part of its vanguard custom build project and has made 11 sites available for this housing.
Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Housing at Sheffield City Council, said: “House building is on the up in Sheffield and it’s great to see work starting on more new build council homes. They’ll be good for the area and will make good homes.
“We’re increasing council housing at the same time as maintaining what we’ve got. We need more social housing in Sheffield and more housing in general, and we’re doing everything we can to get it.”
The £7.5m development is being funded through the council’s housing revenue account and through the sale of right to buy council homes. National funding rules for these sales means the council receives around a fifth of the discounted sale value to provide replacement stock – with a national target of a one for one replacement.
Councillor Dunn added: “National funding rules means Sheffield and other northern cities only get a fraction of what they need to provide more social housing. We’re working around this as best we can. House building is stepping up in Sheffield and it’s brilliant to see more council houses being built.”
The new homes are expected to be complete during Autumn 2016. It is being carried out by community regeneration specialist Keepmoat. Eighty-five percent of the workforce currently on site are from the local area and a total of four apprentices will be working on the scheme. The company has also committed to working with schools in the area and providing work experience opportunities for the local unemployed.
Martin Smithurst, Regional Managing Director at Keepmoat, said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with Sheffield City Council on this exciting project. It will provide a significant boost to Sheffield by helping to meet the city’s housing needs and through the creation of apprenticeships and training opportunities. We are very pleased to be playing such an important role in transforming the local area.”