Architects have been appointed to design more than 500 new homes which will be built in the second phase of a housing development in Sheffield.
The properties – around 350 of which will be for sale – are to be built in Fir Vale, Manor, Norfolk Park, Parson Cross and Shirecliffe.
Designs are expected to be unveiled at a series of public consultation events and building could begin by spring next year, with all sites expected to be under construction before the end of 2015.
The homes are to be built by Sheffield Housing Company – a partnership between Sheffield Council, Keepmoat and Great Places aimed at delivering 2,300 new homes in Sheffield in the next 15 years.
A £1.6 million loan from Sheffield Council has enabled the design process to begin with immediate effect, allowing development to be brought forward sooner than originally planned.
The loan comes from the New Homes Bonus the Government gives to local authorities to encourage the development of new homes.
Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, said: “I am delighted that we were able to provide this loan which kickstarts work on the next phase of this exciting, housing-led regeneration of large areas of the city.”
He added: “The urgent need for high quality family housing here is evident from the huge interest there has been in the first phase of Sheffield Housing Company developments.”
Tom Fenton, Project Director with Sheffield Housing Company, said: “Once again space, value and energy efficiency, to help keep down the bills, will be the principles which drive the design and development of these new homes.”