You could live where football legend Gordon Banks grew up - £11.5m affordable housing scheme to be built in Sheffield

Work is set to start on a £11.5 million affordable housing development on the street where England World Cup winner Gordon Banks grew up.

The 93 homes, being built on the former Meadowhall soccer centre site, off Ferrars Road, Tinsley, will be available for affordable rent via social landlord Together Housing.

Gordon, who died in February 2019, aged 81, grew up on Ferrars Road and many people have memories of him kicking a ball around on the street, fields, and parks.

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The site is no longer used for football and is currently grassland, but there were objections from Sport England and the FA about the loss of the playing fields when the planning application was first submitted.

An artist's impression of the new development on land off Ferrars Road, Tinsley, Sheffield.An artist's impression of the new development on land off Ferrars Road, Tinsley, Sheffield.
An artist's impression of the new development on land off Ferrars Road, Tinsley, Sheffield.

The £11.5 million development, which will comprise 19 two-bedroom homes, 70 three-bedroom houses, and four four-bedroom homes, is possible thanks to funding from Homes England.

A spokesman said: “The scheme proposed will enhance the local area by developing a neglected site and cater for much-needed housing in the local area which will help contribute to Sheffield Council’s target for providing affordable housing.”

Together Housing was announced as one of the government housing agency’s strategic partners in January 2019, receiving £53m to help deliver 1,152 additional affordable home starts by March 2022.

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Kevin Ruth, Together Housing deputy chief executive, said: “Rising house prices are forcing many young individuals, couples and families out of the area they grew up in and away from their support networks.

“The provision of affordable houses for rent in the city will enable those priced out of the housing market, including key workers and low-income families, to put roots down in the city.”

Johnny Caddick, of Caddick Group, which is developing the site, said: “We’ve been involved in this project from the outset and working with Together Housing to realise such an important scheme, which is set to help so many individuals and families to find their new homes at affordable prices, has been a very positive experience.”

The scheme, which will also include landscaped open space with ponds and public art, is set to be completed by early 2023, with the first homes being ready to welcome new residents in early 2022.

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