Project aims to return back-to-back housing in Sheffield

Artists' impressions of how the new scheme on Copper Street could look
Artists' impressions of how the new scheme on Copper Street could look

An extinct style of Sheffield housing that disappeared from the city half a century ago could be revived if plans for new homes are approved.

Back-to-back houses are fondly remembered by residents, and were once a regular feature of the city’s streets.

But they vanished completely during property clearances of the 1950s and 1960s.

New plans for a family housing project, which would create 25 homes at Copper Street in Shalesmoor, could bring the fashion back to life but with a new twist.

The homes would feature roof gardens and shared community areas to further boost the neighbourhood feel.

David Cross, managing director of architects Coda Studios, which has submitted the plans to Sheffield Council, said: “This really is one of the most exciting design projects we have worked on and one that has been in development for seven years now,

Artists' impressions of how the new scheme on Copper Street could look

Artists' impressions of how the new scheme on Copper Street could look

“This is back-to-back housing with a 21st century twist, complete with roof gardens, community shared areas, innovative eco-friendly design and excellent use of space in an area of the city that is becoming increasingly popular for residential development.”

It is hoped the scheme could play a part in the ongoing revival of the Kelham Island area, where there are several housing projects in the pipeline.

Mr Cross added: “Following on from our recent award for the Dunfields student living project at Kelham Island, this is the sort of development that will help to breathe new life into this major growth area.

“Work has also now begun on eight five-bedroom student properties with gardens, roof terraces and parking nearby at Henry Street and half of these have already been sold off plan – another indication of the way this area is springing to new life.

“Its proximity to Sheffield city centre makes it an ideal location for young families and we firmly believe that this bold new concept in design and innovation can only have a major positive impact on the area.”