Sheffield City Council are preparing a new draft Sheffield Local Plan which will guide the future of the city by setting out how and where development will take place up to 2038. It will be called the ‘Sheffield Plan’ and, once it has been adopted, it will replace the Sheffield Core Strategy (2009) and ‘saved’ policies the Sheffield Unitary Development Plan (1998).
From 1 September 2020 Sheffield City Council will hold a 6-week consultation, which aims to gather views on what people would like to be included in the emerging Plan.
The document open for consultation involves The Issues and Options 2020 document, which outlines the key opportunities and challenges for the city, and sets out some issues and options for consideration.
The Council published a similar document in 2015 titled Citywide Options for Growth to 2034. This consultation document was the start of creating the new Sheffield Plan, and the representations made have formed this new Issues and Options Paper.
The 2015 document highlighted one of the biggest challenges Sheffield faces which is how to accommodate around 40,000 new homes over the next 20 years to cater for Sheffield’s growing population, coupled with creating a skilled workforce with higher overall incomes, by allocating 140 hectares of land for employment uses.
This new document updates the challenges and opportunities facing the city, and it expands on the previous consultation in 2015 where people raised concerns around the development of housing on Green Belt land. Careful consideration has been given to this feedback, and the new proposals sets out a fresh approach for how and where future development could take place in Sheffield.
The Council are seeking representations from anyone who lives, works, has business in, or visits Sheffield such as residents, businesses, community groups, developers, and statutory bodies about what the Sheffield Plan should address.
This consultation aims to overcome potential challenges, and shape the population of Sheffield’s vision and aims.
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 lock down and the summer holidays.
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