THE city council is to lead a new housing development in Sheffield after residents said no to having a private developer in charge.
Sheffield City Council committed itself to be lead developer for new housing in Gleadless Valley, following a consultation with local people, groups and service providers as part of its work to put together a masterplan for the area.
Options for the long-term plan include new housing on vacant sites, improving flats and maisonettes, and remodelling or renewing selective blocks of maisonettes with better quality housing residents have said they need in the area. Improvements to green spaces and local facilities are also being considered as well, the council said.
The council is to carry out further consultation next year once more detailed plans are developed.
“We know we need more housing and more diverse homes in Gleadless Valley. But local residents have been clear – since the start of this masterplan process – that they do not want Gleadless Valley sold off to a private developer or spend years delivering the improvements suggested by residents,” said Councillor Jim Steinke, the city council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and community safety.
“We’re still looking at the options, but are committed to being the lead developer for new housing on the estate. This will mean we’re able to get the type of housing people want and need in Gleadless Valley – such as specialist housing for older people, more family houses and modern flats for rent and sale.
“People have told us they want new housing on some of the vacant sites, as well as investment in the existing flats and maisonettes. There has also been some support for demolition and replacement of some maisonettes and flats in areas where the housing is unpopular. But this is something we need to look at more closely, and in discussion with anyone who might be directly affected.”
Options for Gleadless Valley were developed with residents during design workshops held in September. These were on display at public exhibitions and an online consultation during October and November, so more people could have their say.
The council is carrying out further work to explore options for improved housing, more usable green spaces, more off-road parking and how community facilities can work better for local people. Further consultation will be carried out next year before the masterplan is finalised at the end of May.