Buyers across the city are set to benefit after the Government awarded more than half a million pounds to the Sheffield City Region (SCR).
The funding will allow Rotherham Council to provide around 120 new homes in the town by demolishing and replacing two former adult care homes, Rothwell Grange in Broom and Copeland Lodge in Thurcroft, as well as Maltby Central Library.
In the latest round of One Public Estate (OPE) funding, which is being combined with Land Release Fund (LRF) cash to specifically support housing developments, the SCR is set to receive £530,000 to be used to build a range of affordable homes.
These will include homes for
Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the SCR’s Local Enterprise Board, said today: “This is a creative way to provide better services and accommodation for older people and those who need support.
“This funding also means that work can start much more quickly than would otherwise have been the case, and I am delighted that we have been able to help support this project.
“Our approach is simple, straightforward and pragmatic. In Sheffield City Region we grab each opportunity and make the most of it.”
The OPE/LRF funding will be used to appoint a project officer for two years to manage both schemes and then share the learning from these projects to support other initiatives across Sheffield City Region.
The Government’s national One Public Estate (OPE) programme enables public sector bodies such as local authorities, the health, fire, police and rail services, to think strategically about the best use of the land and buildings they own and identify and deliver a range of improvements including releasing land for housing.
Cllr Dominic Beck, Cabinet Member for Housing at Rotherham Council, said: “The link between housing and good health and wellbeing is undeniable so it’s crucial that we are working in partnership to provide homes that are affordable and fit for purpose in thriving neighbourhoods.
The new allocation to Sheffield City Region will release land for housing, help create 480 jobs and generate almost £13million in inward investment, raise almost £4million in
The SCR’s Joint Assets Board (JAB) – the first of its kind in the country - won the funding in the latest round of the heavily over-subscribed OPE programme.
The Board includes the nine local authorities of the SCR, central Government departments, the health and care services, police, and rail, and looks at public sector service delivery in the city region from an asset management perspective.
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