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Homes, jobs and training boost in Sheffield

Artist impression of the new development in Arbourthorne.

Much-needed new homes in Sheffield are being created, along with jobs and training opportunities, as part of an exciting £6.5 million project by Sanctuary Group.

The leading housing and care provider is developing the new homes in Sheffield, consisting of 52 apartments for over 55s as well as four energy efficient bungalows for people with mobility difficulties.

South Yorkshire based contractor Keepmoat is due to begin work on the Errington Road site in Arbourthorne with new job and community project opportunities being made available during the development.

Two brand new apprenticeship posts will be created for local people and seven apprentices, already working with Keepmoat, will be given the chance to continue their training on the Sanctuary site. Local suppliers will also be used wherever possible on the development to help give an extra boost to the local economy.

Helen Wright, Sanctuary’s head of development for the North, said: “Sanctuary is committed to creating new job and training opportunities at all its developments across the country and this new scheme in Arbourthorne is no different.

“The project will provide much-needed new energy efficient homes for rent while young people get the opportunities they need to kick start a career in the building trade.” 

Martin Smithurst, regional managing director at Keepmoat, said: “We are pleased to be working with Sanctuary again on this important scheme for Sheffield. We have recently worked with Sanctuary on a similar scheme for the over 55s in Shiregreen which has created much-needed housing for people wanting to move from larger family homes on the estate.

“Keepmoat always supports apprenticeships and the development of new skills and training for local people. On the Errington Road site, we will be working closely with nine apprentices, helping them to forge successful future careers.”

As a key development partner, Sheffield City Council has provided the land for the development. Sanctuary has worked closely with the Council as well as a steering group made up of local residents, a member of the Arbourthorne Tenants and Residents Association and a member of Sheffield’s Expert Elder’s Network.

Councillor Harry Harpham, Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council said: “The Arbourthorne scheme hits the mark on so many levels, not only in terms of the development but also in securing a first step on the career ladder for young people.

“We know that there is a clear need to provide a wider choice of housing in this area, so that older people can live more independently and remain in their local community close to family and social networks. Providing better quality of life for residents is key to improving their overall health and well being.

There is a growing aging population in the city, and we need to plan to support this.

“This development represents a great opportunity to increase the number of affordable homes designed specifically for the needs of older people in the city.”

The new bungalow roofs will be partially planted with slow growing low maintenance Sedum plants which help to absorb rainwater. This will reduce stormwater run-off and will be environmentally friendly attracting butterflies and bees in the spring and summer.

The scheme, which is expected to be completed in April 2014, is part of a wider agreement between Sanctuary and Keepmoat to construct around 400 homes in Yorkshire and Humberside and has been partly funded by the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency. 

Lisa Jones, area manager at the Homes and Communities Agency said: “It is great to see what a difference our investment of £1.4 million in this scheme is making for local people. These 56 new homes will help older people live close to their families in homes they can afford, and the creation of apprenticeships will help secure a future for younger people.”