Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Sheffield views 'free land' plan for homes at High Green

Plans to offer free land to a housing association in South Yorkshire are to be discussed by a city's council cabinet.

The scheme, in Sheffield, envisages land at High Green being offered to allow the building of affordable housing.

The proposal includes new apartments and the restoration of a shop in the area.

Cabinet members will consider the plan at a meeting on Wednesday.

Councillor Harry Harpham, who is responsible for Homes and Neighbourhoods, said: "We want the best possible outcome for the area and to achieve our vision for the local community.

"If we can provide the free land needed to build the local amenities store and new apartments we hope that this will help to restore the area to the thriving community it should be."

The new apartments will replace the 10-storey tower block, The Fosters, which was seen across the city on the hills of High Green.

The city's cabinet took the decision to demolish the block in 2009.

Work on the redevelopment is expected to start quickly, if the plan is approved on Wednesday, and would be completed within a year.

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