In an effort to transform the lifestyle choices of families, cars will be prohibited from the streets of a new eco-friendly housing estate.
The £300 million project aimed at regenerating a Sheffield area with a 1,000 home ‘green’ estate will prioritize pedestrians and cyclists by offering dedicated pathways.
This initiative, known as Attercliffe Waterside, strategically designs the community to discourage the use of private cars.
Cars Relocated to the Rear, Prioritizing Pedestrians and Cyclists
The proposed eco-friendly housing estate will relegate private cars to the back seat, both figuratively and literally.
The developers behind Attercliffe Waterside have envisioned a car-free environment where vehicles won’t be allowed to park outside homes.
While there will be a car park, it will be discreetly situated, housing only 400 parking spaces.
The location, within one-and-a-half miles of the town center, provides developers with confidence that they can sell the properties without a heavy reliance on cars.
Instead, the estate’s layout encourages pedestrians and cyclists, offering designated pathways tailored for their use.
Creating a Sustainable Landscape Close to the City Center
The planning document underscores the project’s commitment to create a car-free landscape and prioritize walking and cycling.
Attercliffe Waterside’s proximity to the city center, main bus, and train station makes it conducive for promoting sustainable transportation methods.
proposed ‘zero carbon homes’ within the estate will feature timber frames and heat pumps for heating, alongside a sustainable urban drainage system.
Transforming Resident Behavior Through Car-Free Living
The primary goal of banning cars from the streets adjacent to the properties is to change the behavior of residents.
According to Chris Thompson, the founder of Citu, the company overseeing the project, placing cars outside the front door encourages car use.
On the other hand, developing a robust cycling and walking infrastructure invites residents to make sustainable mobility their primary means of transportation.
Community-Oriented and Green Design
The first phase of the project will involve constructing 447 homes, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom houses.
Located adjacent to a canal, the estate will offer green spaces, trees, and landscaping to encourage community interaction. Commercial and leisure spaces are also planned on-site, including a café, pub, shop, offices, and events space.
If approved by the council, around 100 homes could be constructed annually for ten years, some for sale and some for rent.
Sheffield City Council, the landowner, will contribute £4 million from a brownfield housing fund to acquire properties from landowners, including the Duke of Norfolk, and remediate polluted land.
Local councillors and MP Clive Betts have expressed support for this initiative to regenerate Sheffield’s east end.