The Unitary Development Plan (UDP) was adopted as the statutory development plan for Sheffield in March 1998.  

It consists of:

  • a policy document 
  • a proposals map

These can be downloaded on this page.

The proposals map and many of the policies ('saved policies') continue to form part of the development plan alongside the more recent Core Strategy. In the panel below you can see which of the UDP policies has been superseded by the core strategy.

Superseded UDP policies

After consulting with us, the Secretary of State directed the saving of all policies in the UDP except for those listed below.

This took effect from September 2007. These policies cease to apply and, consequently, should not be used in planning decisions:

  • GE26 Water Quality of Waterways
  • IB4 Land for Industry and Business
  • IB10 Visitor Accommodation in Industry and Business Areas
  • H1 Land Needed for New Housing
  • CF5 Community Benefits
  • MW1 Mineral Working
  • MW2 Conservation of Mineral Reserves

Sheffield Core Strategy

The Sheffield Core Strategy was adopted on 4 March 2009 and as a result the following policies from the UDP have been replaced by the Core Strategy:

  • SP1 A City for People
  • SP2 Sheffield as a Regional Centre
  • SP3 A City Centre for People
  • BE1 Townscape Design
  • BE2 Views and Vistas in the Built-Up Area
  • GE27 Alternative Energy Sources
  • GE28 Wind Energy
  • GE29 Energy Conservation
  • IB1 Employment and Economic Development
  • IB2 Locations for Industrial Development
  • IB3 Locations for Business Development
  • IB4 Land for Industry and Business (not saved beyond September 2007)
  • IB16 Rail Freight Facilities in Industry and Business Areas
  • H1 Land Needed for New Housing (not saved beyond September 2007)
  • H2 Locations for New Housing Development
  • H3 Land for New Housing
  • H4 Housing for People on Low Incomes
  • H12 Housing Development in the City Centre
  • H17 Environmental Improvements in Housing Areas
  • H18 Traffic in Housing Areas
  • S1 The City Centre and the Location of Major Shop Development
  • S12 Improvements to Shopping Centres
  • LR1 Tourism
  • LR4 Open Space
  • LR6 Development of Recreation Space for Indoor Recreation Facilities
  • LR7 Development of Recreation Space for Non-Recreational Uses
  • LR8 Development in Local Open Spaces
  • LR10 Improving Open Spaces
  • LR11 New Open Space
  • MW3 Waste Management
  • MW8 Land Reclamation
  • T1 Promoting Public Transport
  • T2 Promoting Bus Use
  • T3 Supertram
  • T4 Promoting Rail Use
  • T6 Park and Ride
  • T7 Promoting Walking and Cycling
  • T9 High Amenity Zones
  • T12 Traffic Calming
  • T13 Area-wide Traffic Calming
  • T14 Environmental Traffic Management
  • T15 Strategic Road Network
  • T19 Road Maintenance
  • T20 Travel to the City Centre
  • T26 National and International Transport
  • T27 Freight

Some UDP policies are partly superseded by Core Strategy policies but are retained until the Sheffield Plan is adopted, so that they can continue to guide decisions about planning applications.

In the event of any conflict between a UDP policy and an adopted Core Strategy policy, the Core Strategy will take precedence.

Our Car Parking Guidelines were reviewed when the Core Strategy was adopted and are to be interpreted as a maximum standard.  Any variance will be assessed following the guidance set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. 

Our guidelines will be reviewed as part of the Sheffield Plan.

Buy a planning publication

The documents in this section are free to download, you can however buy print copies of any of our publications. 

Please contact us if you wish to do so.