Sheffield City Council has committed to being the lead developer for new housing developed in Gleadless Valley. Although it is fairly common for regeneration projects to be led by private developers, this has been ruled out as an option for the area following feedback from residents.
The Council has been speaking to local people, groups and services as part of its work to develop a masterplan for Gleadless Valley. Options for the long term plan include new housing on vacant sites, improving flats and maisonettes, and remodelling or renewing selective blocks of maisonettes with better quality housing residents have told us that they need in the area. Improvements to green spaces and local facilities are also being considered as well as making better use of the existing commercial estate including retail outlets and proposals that could provide more job opportunities in the area.
The Council will carry out further consultation next year once more detailed plans are developed. In the meantime it has committed to being the lead developer for new housing across the estate.
Councillor Jim Steinke, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety at Sheffield City Council, said: “We know we need more housing and more diverse homes in Gleadless Valley. But local residents have been clear – since the start of this masterplan process – that they do not want Gleadless Valley sold off to a private developer or spend years delivering the improvements suggested by residents.
“We’re still looking at the options, but are committed to being the lead developer for new housing on the estate. This will mean we’re able to get the type of housing people want and need in Gleadless Valley – such as specialist housing for older people, more family houses and modern flats for rent and sale.
“People have told us they want new housing on some of the vacant sites, as well as investment in the existing flats and maisonettes. There has also been some support for demolition and replacement of some maisonettes and flats in areas where the housing is unpopular. But this is something we need to look at more closely, and in discussion with anyone who might be directly affected.”
Options for Gleadless Valley were developed with residents during design workshops held in September. These were on display at public exhibitions and an online consultation during October and November, so more people could have their say.
The Council is carrying out further work to explore options for improved housing, more usable green spaces, more off-road parking and how community facilities can work better for local people. Further consultation will be carried out next year before the masterplan is finalised at the end of May.
The masterplan will be a long term investment plan for Gleadless Valley for the next 30 years. Although the government is funding the development of the plan, it has not yet committed any extra funding for the improvements themselves. The Council will therefore use some of its existing budget for some early improvements, as well as bidding for more Government funding once specific projects have been developed. We are committing to improving the quality of our flats and maisonettes and plan to make a start in 2019/20. We will put in planning applications for new build in 2019/20 on the existing housing sites. The more detailed masterplan will quickly follow in June 2019, subject to resident support at Cabinet.
Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/gleadlessvalley for more information and to see a report of the September to November 2018 public consultation.