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Sheffield Local Plan consultation to start in September

Sheffield city centre skyline at night

Sheffield City Council will launch a consultation after the summer holidays to give people the opportunity to provide their views and feedback on what they would like to be included in the Sheffield Local Plan.

The Sheffield Plan will be a guide to development in the city until 2038 and will set out the blueprint for the growth and improvement of the local economy, housing, transport systems and environment for years to come.

This consultation, which will start on the 1st September and run for six weeks, will gather views on what people would like to be included in the Plan.  It expands on a previous consultation in 2015 when people raised concerns around the development of housing on Green Belt land. Careful consideration has been given to this feedback, and the new proposals look at whether more homes could be built on brownfield land, especially within, or close to, the city centre.

In addition to addressing the housing needs of Sheffield’s growing population, the consultation will also ask for views on things like how the Council best tackles climate change and meets its carbon-neutral target of 2030, as well as the future of the city’s high-street, parks and attractions.

In preparation for the consultation, and to give people time to find out more about the aims of the Plan and the choices available for Sheffield, the ‘Issues and Options’ document has been issued ahead of the start of the consultation.  This will give you the opportunity to read it, talk to others and consider your views before the actual consultation starts on 1st September.  You can make your formal comments from then until October 13th which means the consultation doesn’t coincide with the easing of lockdown and the summer holidays.

The Issues and Options document can be downloaded here

Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability at Sheffield City Council, said:

“As Sheffield begins to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s important that we once again start looking towards the future development of our city and the big decisions that will shape it.

“This consultation will be an opportunity for the people who live and work here to give their opinions on how we should shape Sheffield in the years to come; from creating jobs and reimagining our city centre, to establishing new communities, schools and infrastructure.

“Please take the time to read the Issues and Options document over the summer so that you’re informed and ready to take part in the consultation in September, as we want as many Sheffielders as possible to have a say on how we move forward and develop plans for the services that they use and encounter every day.”

More details on the forthcoming consultation will be published during August.