The final stage of work to regenerate Norfolk Park has begun with the demolition of an empty row of shops.
The 1960s shops on Park Grange Drive are set to be knocked down by the end of the month to make way for up to 69 new two, three and four-bedroomed homes.
The site will be developed by the Sheffield Housing Company, a partnership between the council, Keepmoat Ltd and the Great Places Housing Group.
Representatives from the council, Norfolk Park Tenants and Residents Association and Sheffield Housing Company visited the Park Grange Drive site as demolition work started.
Coun Harry Harpham, the council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “I’m delighted work can start on this site at last.
“We appreciate it’s not been easy for local residents to live near this site, but I’m really looking forward to seeing new family housing built here, creating jobs and training opportunities during construction.”
Tom Fenton of the Sheffield Housing Company, added: “I know some people have felt this had become a bit of an eyesore in recent times but now the local community can look forward to a complete transformation.
“It is our mission to provide modern, sustainable and adaptable homes for sale and rent, improving the quality and choice of housing right across the city.”
The Sheffield Housing Company plans to build 2,300 houses in the city over the next 15 years. It is already building 116 homes at Cutler’s View in Norfolk Park, where some have already been sold and more homes are available to buy now.
Work to regenerate Norfolk Park began with the demolition of 15 unpopular tower blocks, the last of which came down in April 2005.
A new community has grown out of the new, mixed-tenure housing which was built in its place, complemented by a new primary school, sheltered housing and an affordable ‘green homes’ development.