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 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

We intend to launch a statutory public consultation on the Issues and Options document 2020 from Tuesday 1 September to 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. 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 will publish 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.

Additional documents to be published from 1 September:

  • Sheffield Issues and Options document: Integrated Impact Assessment
  • Sheffield Plan: Habitat Regulations Assessment Screening Report
  • Sheffield Plan: Duty to Cooperate Statement

Background documents

Documents which explain technical matters and include detailed reports will be available by 1 September 2020:

  • Housing Requirement and Land Supply Technical Note
  • Employment Land Need and Land Supply Technical Note
  • Transport Infrastructure Technical Note
  • Social Infrastructure Technical Note
  • Site Selection Technical Note
  • Green Belt Review (2020)
  • Sheffield Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment Report (2020)
  • Sheffield Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (2020) – summary map
  • Sheffield and Rotherham Employment Land Review (2020)

How to comment

Our consultation will open on Tuesday 1 September.

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.

All the submitted sites and premises will be subject to a detailed assessment to evaluate their suitability, availability and deliverability. Details of the sites will be published in a revised Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). This will be published alongside the Sheffield Plan Issues and Options document in summer 2020.

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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