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

Grey to Green scheme

As businesses and residents in Sheffield’s historic Castlegate enjoy a transformed setting following the completion of Phase 2 of the Grey to Green scheme last September, Sheffield City Council is now consulting on proposals to extend the world-leading sustainable drainage scheme to nearby Angel Street.

Phase 2 in Exchange Place, Castlegate and Snig Hill follows follows the highly successful Phase 1 in West Bar which won a wheelbarrow of awards for the city for its green credentials, including National Green Champion at the International Green Apple Awards, the Eric Hughes Award for Outstanding Contribution to Improving Sustainability and closer to home, Best Open Space and overall Outstanding project awards at the Sheffield Design Awards soon after it was completed.

Angel Street remains a key link to the city centre and funding has been secured from the European Regional Development Fund and Sheffield City Council to extend the ‘Grey to Green Phase 2' scheme to the area. As in the earlier schemes, the improvements will incorporate colourful meadows, a sustainable drainage system that reduces flood risk and an improved environment for walking and cycling which will enhance the experience of visiting, living and working in the area.

The new pedestrianised Castlegate with cycle path

Councillor Julie Grocutt, Cabinet Member for Transport and Development at Sheffield City Council, said:

“The Grey to Green scheme is an incredibly important part of our work towards improving climate resilience and increasing bio-diversity in the city centre. It has also given us the opportunity to introduce attractive new cycling and walking routes in the area which are essential to the regeneration of the city centre as an appealing place to live, work and visit. The two phases of the scheme already completed have been incredibly beneficial to both the look and functionality of the area, but this is just the start of our ambition to ensure that the city centre meets the needs of residents and visitors for many years to come.”

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, said:

We are very proud of the wonderful work that has been achieved by the Grey to Green scheme in transforming the Castlegate area of the city, introducing vibrant new scenery for the area and renewing interest in the potential of this historic part of Sheffield.
“Proposals to expand the scheme are testament to the positive reaction and acclaim the Grey to Green project has received so far, and I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to find out more about the plans and share your views with us.”

Some of the road layout changes can only be introduced following the making of a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).

Subject to the outcome of the consultation, completion of the design and procurement, the project is expected to be on site this summer with an expected construction programme of 6 months.

We welcome your views on the proposed improvements as well as on the statutory TRO. The deadline for comments is Thursday, 11th February 2021.

More information on the scheme and the online questionnaire can be found here.

Planting as part of Grey to Green

As face-to-face events cannot be held at present due to Covid-19 restrictions, two online consultation events will be held via Zoom:

Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 4.30 – 6pm

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Meeting ID: 965 9392 4166

Tuesday, 2d February 2021, 12 to 1.30pm

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Meeting ID: 356 532 2860

To submit comments by email, please contact Project Lead Lucia Lorente-Arnau at