Call for housing shortage help

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DEVELOPERS of a proposed student ‘village’ off Ecclesall Road are being urged to demonstrate their commitment at the same time to helping Sheffield overcome a shortage of affordable and family housing.

Green councillor Jillian Creasy expressed concern over the prospect of more student accommodation in the city at the expense of other would-be residents.

Her comments follows the Manor Property Group’s submission of plans for a £52m ‘village’, called Manor Mill, for up to 880 students on land formerly occupied by the Gordon Lamb car dealership at the corner of Summerfield Street and Napier Street, which is in her Central ward.

Coun Creasy said: “New developments on derelict sites are welcome. But the real issue is the rapid increase in student accommodation.

“It seems ironic that this is still the most profitable investment for developers, when there is a chronic shortage of affordable and family housing.

“Perhaps the Manor Property Group could demonstrate their commitment to the idea that this student village of 880 beds will lead to a downturn in the demand for terraced properties, by buying up say 150 such houses in areas like Broomhill, Broomhall and Sharrow, converting them back to family accommodation and selling or renting them with the appropriate covenants.”