A former Sheffield Wednesday player with multiple sclerosis and epilepsy is settling into life on a regenerated city estate.
David Lycett, a former Owls centre forward, is enjoying living in a new adaptable home at the Brearley Forge development in Parson Cross, built by Sheffield Housing Company.
The footballer was diagnosed with MS and epilepsy 10 years ago, after being on Wednesday’s books for five years.
Now, together with his wife Louisa and their daughter Emmie, aged 16, he is renting a home on Brearley Forge specially designed to help people adjust to changing circumstances.
Spacious rooms and doorways are provided, suitable for wheelchair users, and the homes can also be adapted to incorporate lifts.
The Lycetts were forced to sell their home and move into private rented accommodation.
A further blow was then delivered when the rented home was put up for sale without their knowledge.
Louisa, who is David’s full-time carer, said: “To be in this house is an enormous weight off our minds.
“We absolutely love it and can’t believe how big it is.
“We were so impressed when we came around to view it and still can’t believe we live here.”
She said she was also impressed by the friendliness of their neighbours.
Louisa said: “The people are lovely here – we’ve got really nice neighbours.
“We’re around at each other’s houses quite a lot.
“If David has a seizure I just go next door and our neighbour helps.
“Many people have lived here for a long time – some for 50 years. Everyone talks to you and there is a real community spirit.”
Brearley Forge is the first development by the housing company – a partnership between Sheffield Council, Great Places Group and Keepmoat Homes.
Plans are in place to build 2,300 homes over the next 15 years.
Work has also started on 116 homes in Norfolk Park and 47 in Shirecliffe.