More than half a million pounds has been earmarked by the government to improve the Gleadless Valley estate in south Sheffield.
Sheffield City Council will run a consultation later in the year to discuss development plans. Members of the public, local residents and businesses will be consulted in the scheme to improve the area.
Janet Sharpe, Director of Housing and Neighbourhoods Service at Sheffield City Council, said: “This is not just about improving housing on the estate, but also creating more opportunities for people, encouraging investment, and helping businesses to grow.
“The area is in a perfect position geographically – close to the city centre, yet also on the edge of beautiful countryside and woodland. We want Gleadless Valley to become a vibrant place where people want to live, while also improving housing, services and facilities in the area for current and future residents.”
The estate was built in the 1950s and 60s, and now improvement has begun to gentrify the area. There are 2,600 council homes on the Gleadless Valley estate, as well as a small number of owner-occupied properties.
When the investment was announced, Jayne Dunn, the Cabinet member for Housing in the city, said: “Gleadless Valley has a strong community and it’s an area people care passionately about. But it’s true to say that the area is in need of investment.
“We always knew this work would be needed but this extra funding means the planning can start much sooner than we’d otherwise been able to. It’s about improving the quality of housing and bringing in other improvements to benefit Gleadless Valley and everyone living there.”
The money to run the consultation comes from the Estate Regeneration Fund, run by the Homes and Communities Agency, part of the Department of Communities and Local Government.
Sally Dale, chair of the Gleadless Valley Tenants & Residents Association, said: “This is wonderful news for the Gleadless Valley community. We look forward to working with the council and local community to develop plans to improve our estate.”