We are working on 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 2034.  We are calling it 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).  More information about the Core Strategy and Unitary Development Plan can be found on the Adopted Sheffield Local Plan page. 

The first stage in producing the new plan was the Citywide Options for Growth to 2034 document.  Consultation on that document took place between 11 November 2015 and 15 January 2016.

Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme sets out the timetable for producing the new Sheffield Plan and other local development documents.  The latest Local Development Scheme was published in July 2016.  The timetable is currently being reviewed.


Our timetable covers both the Sheffield Plan and the Statement of Community involvement.

Sheffield Plan:

  • City-wide Options for Growth to 2034 Consultation - November 2015 to January 2016
  • Draft Policies and Sites Options Consultation - January to March 2017
  • Pre-submission Draft Sheffield Plan Consultation - October to November 2017
  • Submission to Government - January 2018
  • Public Examination - April to May 2018
  • Inspector's Report published - August 2018
  • Adoption by Full Council - September 2018

Statement of Community Involvement:

  • Consult on Draft - March to April 2014
  • Approval by Council Leader - August 2014

Development Plan documents 

Development Plan Documents (DPDs) contain the main local planning policies and are subject to independent examination.  We will produce a Sheffield Plan that will apply to the whole city except for areas in the Peak District National Park.

Our Sheffield Plan will set out a vision and a framework for future development, addressing needs and opportunities in relation to housing, the economy, community facilities and infrastructure – as well as a basis for safeguarding the environment, adapting to climate change and securing good design.

It will also guide decisions about individual development proposals, as the Sheffield Plan (together with any neighbourhood plans that have been made) are the starting-point for considering whether applications can be approved.

The new Sheffield Plan will review the existing Core Strategy and incorporate the work on the City Policies and Sites and Proposals Map that our Council Cabinet decided in 2013 not to submit to Government for independent examination. No Area Action Plans are proposed.

Local development documents 

In addition to the Sheffield Plan there are other Local Development Documents. The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) includes how we will consult on planning policies. 

This Local Development Scheme includes when and what we will consult on. Monitoring Reports include progress on the Sheffield Plan.  Like the Sheffield Plan, these documents apply to the whole city except for areas in the Peak District National Park.

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) build upon and provide more detailed advice or guidance on the policies in the Sheffield Plan.  They are not subject to independent examination. 

A residential Design SPD will be produced to run alongside the Sheffield Plan timetable, so:

  • Consultation Draft - October 2017
  • Final approved SPD - July 2018

Working with other Local Planning Authorities

We do not plan to produce any joint Local Development Documents with other Local Planning Authorities. However, we are co-operating with them, particularly those in the Sheffield City Region.

Call for Sites

The Call for Sites 2014 consultation took place from 14 July to 22 August 2014. All submitted sites and premises have been subject to detailed assessment to evaluate the suitability, availability and achievability which has informed the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) November 2015 update.  

The suitability of sites in the Green Belt has not been assessed in the 2015 update of the SHLAA.  These sites will be assessed through work on the new Sheffield Plan, as part of a comprehensive Green Belt review and will be included in the SHLAA, which will be published alongside the draft Sheffield Plan in 2018. 

If a site is assessed as being suitable for housing in the SHLAA, this does not mean that planning permission will be granted for new housing on that site or that sites will be allocated in the Sheffield Plan. We will undertake sustainability appraisal to identify the most suitable sites.

Whilst we will accept Call For Sites submissions beyond the end of the Sheffield Plan Citywide Options consultation period (November 2015 to January 2016), there is no guarantee that these submissions will be able to be included in the next update of the SHLAA.

Next Steps

It is intended to publish a draft of the Sheffield Plan in 2018.  This will set out a vision of how Sheffield will change and grow in the future. It will also include site development options.

The City Council will publish responses to the comments made on the earlier Citywide Options for Growth document when the informal “Draft Sheffield Plan” (under Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012) is issued for public consultation in 2018.

The timescale for subsequent steps in the plan process are also being reviewed but we are working towards formal adoption of the new Sheffield Plan in 2020.  This will cover the period to 2034.

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