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 2038. We are calling it the ‘Sheffield Plan’ and, once it has been adopted, it will replace the Sheffield Core Strategy (2009) and ‘saved’ policies in 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.

Sheffield Plan: Our City, Our Future - Issues and Options 2020

A statutory public consultation on the Issues and Options document 2020 will be open from Tuesday 1 September and will be available until Tuesday 13 October 2020. This is the first stage of preparing the new Sheffield Plan.

The Issues and Options 2020 document outlines the key opportunities and challenges for the city, and sets out some issues and options for consideration.

We have already consulted on an issues and options document in 2015 (Citywide Options for Growth to 2034). The analysis of the responses to that consultation highlighted that many people were concerned about how much housing development was proposed on Green Belt land.

Economic growth and the creation of new homes in particular are significant areas that we need to address in order to plan for the future, and we have looked at whether more homes could be built on brownfield land, especially within, or close to, the city centre.

From 1 September 2020 we will be launching a questionnaire that will be available on Citizen Space. To take part in the consultation please visit Citizen Space and complete our questionnaire. We welcome comments from anyone who lives, works, has business in, or visits our city. We want to hear from residents, businesses, community groups, developers, and statutory bodies about what the Sheffield Plan should address. We need you to help us understand the challenges, shape our vision and aims, and tell us what you think about where development should take place.

We have produced a series of short summary presentations that explain what each section of the document is about.

Additional documents

We also welcome comments on the additional documents from 1 September 2020.

Background documents

The documents below explain technical matters that are referred to in the Issues and Options document:

A separate map and accompanying site schedule are available showing all the sites  referred to in the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA).

Sheffield City Council has commissioned Deloitte Real Estate and Planit-IE to prepare a strategy for increasing the number of new homes in the City Centre and the areas surrounding it. The Central Area Strategy is still being prepared but a Capacity Report has been completed which presents an initial amount of residential development for the Central Area.

The report has not been incorporated into the current publications of the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). It is expected to inform the next version of the HELAA once the wider Central Area Strategy is complete and the Sheffield Plan Issues and Options consultation has been taken into account.

The report does not allocate land for housing or economic development; it does not make policy decisions on which sites should be developed; and nor does it pre-judge the strategic approach that the Sheffield Plan will eventually take.

Online question and answer sessions

We have held 3 online sessions where officers from the Sheffield Plan team were available to answer questions. These were held on the 3, 16 and 23 of September.

You can read our responses to the questions asked at each session (as well as answers to any questions submitted to us in writing afterwards).

How to comment

Our consultation will open on Tuesday 1 September. To take part in the consultation please visit Citizen Space and complete our questionnaire. If you have difficulty using or accessing the consultation documents or require alternative formats please contact us.

November 2015 Consultation on the Citywide Options for Growth

Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme sets out the timetable for producing the new Local Plan (the ‘Sheffield Plan’). A revised Local Development Scheme, setting out the steps involved in producing the plan, came into effect on 20 November 2019.

Call for sites

The call for sites consultation took place from 16 December 2019 to 7 February 2020.

Details of the sites are in the Sheffield Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) report and the housing and economic land sites map and site schedule.

Register for the Sheffield Plan mailing list

If you would like to be kept informed about progress in producing the Sheffield Plan or be alerted about forthcoming consultations, you can register for our mailing list.

Since the new data protection regulation came into force in May 2018, you need to register on our consultation portal so that you can read and accept the privacy and terms and conditions. The portal is hosted by Objective.

To register, go to the portal and click on Login/Register then follow the on screen instructions to add your details.

Contact Planning Policy Enquiries

Forward & Area Planning
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