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A bird's eye view of the former John Lewis building in Barker's Pool

John Lewis building now Grade II listed

Yesterday Historic England listed the former John Lewis building, in Barker’s Pool, at Grade II on the National Heritage List for England.

Sheffield Town Hall, showing the clock tower and front facade

Sheffield ‘phoney’ businessman ordered to pay £1.1m by courts

A Sheffield businessman has been ordered to pay over £1m following a Confiscation Order at Sheffield Crown Court.

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New Sheffield Connect city centre bus service

A new bus service connecting 12 stops in and around Sheffield City Centre has launched today, providing residents and visitors the opportunity to hop onto the bus from the train, tram or other bus services.

Archaeologists in orange hi-vis clothing stand in front of a borehole drill with Principle Development Officer Ruth Masoon and Cllr Julie Grocutt

Milestone for Castlegate regeneration as geoarchaeological work begins

The next major phase in Sheffield City Council’s plans to regenerate the historic area of Castlegate gets underway this week as essential geoarchaeological work begins.

Sheffield Town Hall flies a Ukrainian flag and lights up the clock face in yellow and blue in solidarity with Ukraine

Statement on Sheffield's ambition to host Eurovision 2023

Following the BBC’s announcement that Eurovision 2023 will be held in the UK, Sheffield will be entering a bid to become the host city.

Artistic impression of the shipping container park on Fargate

Fargate shipping container park continues to develop

Sheffield City Council and Yorkshire Water have agreed an approach that will see a shipping container attraction installed on Fargate.

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Digital Innovation Grant re-opens for applications

Businesses across South Yorkshire are invited to apply for grant funding designed to help companies in the region embrace new forms of digital technology and drive growth.

Sheffield: Your University Campaign

New campaign to help people outside Sheffield discover the city’s uniqueness

The campaign aims to show prospective students what our city has to offer.

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Grants of up to £12,499 available to support businesses to increase productivity

Contact Business Sheffield to find out more on how to apply today.

Team Sheffield at UKREiiF

Sheffield delegation showcases an exciting time for our city at UKREiiF

Acting CEO Eugene Walker and Director of City Futures, Kate Martin were among the representatives for Team Sheffield. 

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Call for projects to transform empty units on high street

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 22nd May. 

Barker's Pool

Council inviting proposals to transform former John Lewis site

The Barker's Pool Building occupies a key site in the city centre. 

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Digital Innovation Grant scheme re-opens

Apply for funding now

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Roxy Ball Room to open in Heart of the City this summer

Roxy Ball Room will be the latest addition to £470m regeneration scheme. 

The Leadmill at night

Statement: The Leadmill

When people talk about music in Sheffield they talk about the Leadmill, it's part of our fabric and we absolutely do not want to see it go.

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Final call to apply for Omicron Business Grant

The Council is encouraging eligible business to apply for the Omicron Hospitality, Accommodation and Leisure Grant before the extended deadline - March 11.

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Millions of pounds paid to local businesses to boost Covid bounce back

More than £4m has been paid to businesses affected by Omicron. 

Lisa Birkett, owner of Happy Hare independent fabric shop and member of Station Road Business Forum, Chapeltown

Ten Sheffield high streets set to receive £500k investment

Sheffield City Council has announced further areas which will be supported by its Economic Recovery Fund, an innovative grant set up in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic to support local high streets and hard-hit sectors.

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Construction begins on landmark park for city centre

Work will start on site this month. 

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Business Information Officers to continue supporting Sheffield for another year

Information Officers who provided much-needed support to businesses across Sheffield during the pandemic are set to continue their work for another year.

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City centre set for transformation as 20-year plan to be agreed

Sheffield's new vision for the city centre is set to be agreed this week. 

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Panel of design experts will help shape future of city

A panel of experts in the building, design and development sector will help shape the future of Sheffield and support the vast amount of development work taking place across the ci ...

Shalesmoor Gateway roundabout with three lanes and a red cycle lane beside the pavement

New plans for Shalesmoor to unlock travel potential

Plans to make significant changes to the road layout at Shalesmoor are underway, as proposals are shaped to transform travel in the area.

Cllr Terry Fox and Cllr Julie Grocutt stand outside the Liberty Steel building in Stocksbridge

Council leaders call for Government action over Liberty Steel

Sheffield City Council leader Cllr Terry Fox and deputy Leader Cllr Julie Grocutt have today called for Government action over the growing concerns about the future of Liberty Steel.

A panoramic picture of the Sheffield Town Hall and Peace Gardens at dusk

Council sets out plans for tackling challenging budget

Following a public consultation, Sheffield City Council has set out the city's 2022/23 budget.

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Levelling up: Sheffield one of the first cities to be benefit from ambitious renewal programme

Sheffield has been named as one of the first cities to benefit from government’s Levelling Up programme set out in a new White Paper published today.

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Covid-19 business grant launched to support travel firms in Sheffield

A new grant is available to businesses in the travel sector to support them through recovery from the pandemic. Applications are open now. Check eligibility.

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Brighter future for local cultural and creative industries

Cultural and creative industries in Sheffield are set to benefit from new funding from the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority - with £280,000 being awarded for projects across the city.

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Applications open for Omicron business grants

Businesses in the Hospitality, Accommodation and Leisure sectors can now apply.

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Have your say on plans for the future of Sheffield City Centre

Take part in our consultation on a Vision for the city centre. 

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Chancellor announces £1billion in support for businesses most impacted by Omicron

On Tuesday 21 December, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that a support package of grants will be available for businesses who have been impacted by the Omicron variant.

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Council moves forward with plans to redevelop Parkwood Springs

£200,000 is being invested to prepare the site for redevelopment. 

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Heart of the City on track and set to transform Sheffield city centre

Progress on the scheme is moving forwards as council comes to agreement with John Lewis & Partners. 

Shoppers and visitors walk through Sheffield City Centre

Sheffield tops high street recovery charts

As a result of various events taking place across the city, Sheffield has seen a significant increase in footfall in recent months, with residents and people from further afield enjoying everything it has to offer.

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Sheffield businesses to get social media savvy

Businesses set for a boost as training helps them get digital. 

Business owners pose in the shopping area of Walkley, Sheffield

Sheffield high streets to receive £865,000 investment

Businesses in Hillsborough, Firth Park, Walkley and Broomhill will be supported by Sheffield City Council's Economic Recovery Fund, an innovative and unique grant set up to support businesses following the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Funding available for South Yorkshire businesses to switch to low carbon

The £2.3m funding will provide support to over 250 SMEs.

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Plans for Sheffield’s historic Leah’s Yard given green light

Leah's Yard plans approved

Sheffield Winter Garden three-tiered glass domed entrance

Committee to consider council’s climate emergency plans

As world leaders meet at COP26 to discuss the urgency of reducing climate change globally, Sheffield City Council’s Transitional Committee is considering the council’s 10 Point Plan for tackling the climate emergency.

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Sheffield welcomes £37m to fund two major regeneration projects

City to receive £37m of Levelling Up funding for Castlegate and Attercliffe.

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City centre set to build on strengths as council shares ambitions for future development

Council sets out vision for development of city centre. 

Sheffield Town Hall is lit up as the sun sets in the city

Council wants to hear about Voluntary and Community Sector needs post Covid

The council is exploring ideas around a VCS Covid Recovery Fund to help tackle the financial pressures the sector is facing as it acknowledges the massive role the VCS has played in supporting the city during these unprecedented times.

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New allergen labelling law comes into force

Sheffield City Council welcomes the new allergen labelling law which will provide extra protection for people in Sheffield with a food allergy, intolerance or coeliac disease. The changes mean that from 1 October, these people will be able to make safer choices about the food they buy.

Autumnal trees surround Sheffield Town Hall

Sheffield tops charts for outdoor spaces in Thriving Places Index

Sheffield has lived up to its reputation as an Outdoor City filled with culture, the Thriving Places Index (TPI) has found. The TPI identifies the local conditions for wellbeing, and measures whether those conditions are being delivered fairly and substantially across England.

Councillor Paul Turpin, Executive Member for Inclusive Economy, Jobs and Skills, presents the Retailer of the Year award to Miss Samantha's Vintage owner Sam Parsonage

Sheffield celebrates business successes

Last Wednesday saw the return of The Star Small Business Awards, with businesses and organisations coming together to celebrate some of the best enterprises in Sheffield.

Alan Ball, Simon Walton and Dan Wilkinson, business information officers at Business Sheffield.

Business Sheffield celebrates enterprise as sponsor of The Star’s Small Business Awards

Business Sheffield, part of Sheffield City Council, is celebrating enterprise as the headline sponsor of The Star’s Small Business Awards.

Sheffield Town Hall

Innovation District partners awarded £763,000 government funding to accelerate ambitious plans

Sheffield City Council, working collaboratively with regional partners, has successfully secured £763,000 from the government for development of innovation-led opportunities connected to the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID). 

Cllr Julie Grocutt and South Yorkshire Mayor Dan Jarvis cutting ribbon at Grey to Green opening ceremony

Castlegate gets Grey to Green transformation

As part of Castlegate Festival, Grey to Green phase 2 was officially opened last weekend - the scheme has transformed the area in to a beautiful green, active travel route and a haven for wildlife. 

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Leader looks to future with One-Year Plan

Councillor Terry Fox, Leader of Sheffield City Council, talks about the council’s work over the last few months and the Co-Operative Executive’s new One-Year Plan in a video to residents.

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Council wins planning appeal to stop housing development on Loxley Valley

The Planning Inspector has upheld our decision to decline a planning application for housing development on important Green Belt land in the Loxley Valley. 

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‘Transformational’ development plans submitted for historic Leah’s Yard

A planning application to transform historic Leah’s Yard on Cambridge Street into a creative hub for independent businesses has been submitted today.

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Paving project completed at prominent city centre site

Work has been completed by the council’s highways contractor, Amey, on Orchard Street in the city centre, a busy pedestrian thoroughfare connecting Church Street to Leopold Street.  

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Sheffield’s Summer in The Outdoor City programme set to reignite city centre

The city centre is set to come alive this summer with an exciting programme of events within Sheffield’s ‘Summer in The Outdoor City’.

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South Yorkshire leaders welcome Government plans to acquire Sheffield Forgemasters plant

South Yorkshire leaders welcome news that the Ministry of Defence plans to take over Sheffield Forgemasters steel plant.

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Announcement of 25% discount off bus and tram tickets - statement from Cllr Terry Fox

25% discount off bus and tram tickets until 27 September

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For Sheffield and with Sheffield – the council’s One Year Plan

An ambitious plan for Sheffield, that sets out clear priorities and actions for the year ahead has been agreed - putting Sheffield first, with people and communities at its heart.

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Planning approval for new homes in south east Sheffield

Planning approval has been given this week in Birley which will provide 77 new homes as part of the council’s plan to increase council housing stock by 3,100 homes by 2029.

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Temporary Road Closure: Burgess Street

To allow for major construction work on the Radisson Bu hotel development, part ...

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Plans submitted for new pocket park in the heart of Sheffield

Following public consultation earlier this year, a planning application for Pound’s Park – the proposed new public space within the Council’s Heart of the City scheme – has been submitted today.

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Sheffield shortlisted for City of the Year

Sheffield has been shortlisted for City of the Year in the annual EG awards following a joint entry by Sheffield City Council and the Sheffield Property Association, highlighting why the city’s unexpected liveability is unrivalled amongst its Core City peers. 

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Council looks ahead on plans for John Lewis building

This week, John Lewis and Partners (JLP) formally announced the Sheffield city centre store will remain closed permanently. Today, the council can confirm that plans are moving forward on what’s next for the former JLP building.

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Sheffield launches funding bid to transform Castlegate

Sheffield has submitted a bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund for three projects that plan to transform under-used areas of the city centre, bring the city’s cultural and arts scene to the forefront and celebrate its historic heritage.

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Council leaders celebrate progress on visit to Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

Sheffield City Council Leader Cllr Terry Fox and Deputy Leader Cllr Julie Grocutt made their first visit to the Olympic Legacy Park on Monday, to view the facilities and find out more about the cutting-edge research and innovation taking place.

Tinsley Art Project chimney sculpture

Culture Projects are the “Shot In Arm” Needed for Recovery

Today sees the launch of Sheffield Culture Collective's first ever strategy for how culture can unlock Sheffield’s untapped economic and social potential.

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Sheffield showcases housing and regen ambitions during 2-day Homes England visit

Chairman of Homes England, Peter Freeman made his first trip to Sheffield this week during a 2-day whistle-stop tour of the city.

Summer in The Outdoor City events

Sheffield set to celebrate Summer in The Outdoor City

Summer in The Outdoor City (SITOC) will showcase events taking place across the city, from the city centre to local districts, as lockdown eases and Sheffield continues its Covid-19 recovery.

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Sheffield’s flagship hotel development gets underway

McLaughlin & Harvey appointed as construction contractor for city centre development 

Sheffield Town Hall

Statement on Liberty Steel

The Council has issued a statement on the news that the Liberty Steel plant at Stocksbridge is to be sold.

Café with outdoor seating

Outdoor Hospitality Grant announced

A new Outdoor Hospitality Grant will shortly be available to Sheffield businesses who have invested in their outdoor premises to welcome back customers outside.

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Introducing The Furnace – Heart of the City’s first bar & restaurant

New World Trading Company announces name of their second Sheffield City Centre venue.

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City centre reopens under stage 2 of Roadmap

Sheffield’s businesses reopened their doors this week in a welcome return to trading, with many people taking the opportunity to visit local shops, hairdressers, get back to the gym or outdoor sports and enjoy al fresco dining and drinks at their favourite restaurants and bars.

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Restart Business Grant Scheme now live

Sheffield City Council has started to make one-off payments from the latest government grant scheme, ‘Restart Grants’, to eligible rate paying and non-rate paying businesses in the city.

Town Hall

Statement on John Lewis

Sheffield City Council has issued a statement in response to today's announcement by John Lewis. 

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Acclaimed local food operator announced for new city centre gastro destination

The company behind some of Sheffield’s favourite food venues, The Milestone Group, has been chosen to run Cambridge Street Collective, a culturally diverse food destination that forms part of the transformative Heart of the City development programme.

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£50 million boost agreed for Sheffield’s economic recovery

Sheffield is set to benefit from £50 million investment to help the city’s recovery and renewal from the COVID pandemic.

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Covid-19 grants extended for Sheffield businesses

Grants for Sheffield-based businesses closed under the national restrictions have been extended to 31st March to support them through lockdown.

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Henry Boot Construction appointed on landmark Heart of the City scheme

Sheffield based construction firm Henry Boot Construction Limited has been appointed on two developments within Heart of the City, the cultural and social destination known as Cambridge Street Collective and Elshaw House – a brand-new low carbon office building.

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Council secures new funding to unlock £150 million of private sector investment

A report to be considered by the Council's Cabinet on 17th March seeks approval to enter into funding agreements that will help to deliver the first phase of development at West Bar.

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Plans unveiled for iconic new city centre park

Sheffield City Council is showcasing new proposals for Pound’s Park, a landmark new public space within the Heart of the City scheme, which continues the city centre’s move towards a greener, more sustainable and people-focused destination.

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New grant scheme to support open businesses now live

Sheffield City Council will make one off payments of between £1400 and £3150 to businesses that can stay open under the 5th January 2021 national lockdown, providing in-person services to customers.

Sheffield skyline at night

Council calls for support for struggling nightlife businesses

Sheffield City Council has today called on the Government to support the night-time economy sector, so that the city’s much loved pubs, bars and clubs can recover from the financial impact of Covid-19.

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New grant scheme to support self-employed and small businesses now live

Sheffield City Council will make one off payments of £1000 to businesses who have not been eligible for other grant schemes and are impacted by the 5th January 2021 National Lockdown.

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Sheffield City Region MCA approves 20-year plan for stronger, greener and fairer economic growth

A new 20 year Strategic Economic Plan has been set out for South Yorkshire, as the region looks to unlock its potential and create prosperity and opportunity for all.

Grey to Green scheme

Consultation on proposals to extend award-winning Grey to Green project

A consultation has launched on proposals to extend the award-winning Grey to Green scheme from Castlegate to Angel Street. 

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Council holds summit to tackle the city’s digital divide

Today we held a Digital Inclusion Summit that brought together over 100 individuals and businesses from across the public, voluntary, community, faith and private sectors to collectively address the digital divide in Sheffield.

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Grant increases and extension for business supply chain scheme

The recent grant scheme to support eligible businesses in the supply chain to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, and entertainment sectors has been extended and grant amounts have been increased.

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Calls for Government to lift pub takeaway alcohol ban

Sheffield City Council is working with Sheffield and District Branch of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) to urge the Government to revise their policy on restricting pubs and bars from providing takeaway alcohol products during the national lockdown. Currently, hospitality venues are only able sell alcohol via delivery.   

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Sheffield’s £25M bid for Stocksbridge town regeneration

A £25m investment plan has been put forward for the regeneration of Stocksbridge.

Shops and buildings on Pinstone Street in Sheffield

Advice for businesses as Sheffield enters Tier 3 restrictions

Businesses can access lots of advice and support as Sheffield moves to Tier 3 restrictions from next Wednesday 2 December.

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Streamlined business closure grants application process open

A streamlined process has now been put in place for businesses to access the latest support grants for businesses who have been been affected by the second Coronavirus lockdown. Grants are available for both ratepaying and non-ratepaying businesses. 

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New details on which businesses can stay open in lockdown

Government have issued further clarification on which businesses can remain open during the new lockdown period, with restrictions in place until 2nd December.

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Application for business support grants now live

Businesses in Sheffield can now apply for a lockdown business support grant.

Shop lined Pinstone Street in Sheffield City Centre

Thank you to businesses for complying with Tier 3 restrictions

We are thanking businesses across the city for their efforts in helping to tackle the spread of Covid-19 by continuing to follow Government regulations.

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Information officers supporting businesses to be Covid-secure

Information officers employed by Sheffield City Council are carrying out visits to businesses in Crystal Peaks, Hillsborough and London Road to offer advice and guidance on operating safely under Covid-19 regulations.

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Applications open for businesses forced to close

The application for the Local Restriction Business Support Grant is now live. If your business was trading as usual but ...

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Leah’s Yard to be given a new lease of life

Sheffield's Heart of the City II scheme moves forward as essential structural work begins on the historic Leah's Yard and further plans for Cambridge Street are approved. 

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A bold new look for the Gaumont Building

Plans have been submitted to redesign the Gaumont Building in Sheffield city centre as part of the Council's Heart of the City II scheme. The proposal would see the building's current red steel frame replaced by a contemporary design with living walls. 

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New skate park opens in Castlegate

Marioland Skate Plaza will open in Castlegate on Sautrday 19th September. 

Wooden and canvas castle at Lady’s Bridge.

The history of Sheffield’s long-lost castle

Sheffield is known around the world for its musical and industrial heritage. However, its long-lost castle – which was once among the most powerful political and cultural centres in medieval England – deserves a place in the history books as well, according to archaeologists.

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Have your say on the Local Plan in online consultation

Online consultation events will start next week giving local people the opportunity to provide their views and feedback on what they would like to be included in the Sheffield Local Plan.